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SJCS is proud to call the neighborhoods of East Camden its home and works with community partners to preserve and enhance the physical, cultural and social fabrics of East Camden.
East Camden is a culturally diverse neighborhood in the eastern portion of Camden comprised of the neighborhoods of Marlton, Dudley, Stockton and Rosedale. East Camden is predominately residential, relatively stable, and contains one of the most vibrant commercial corridors in the City of Camden. With easy access to Route 130 it is easy to commute and access other major highways such as I-95, I-295, and 676 into Philadelphia. The RiverLine also has a stop adjacent to East Camden that provides various stops between Camden and Trenton conveniently located on 36th Street.
Within East Camden there are eight schools ranging from elementary school through high school. There is a mix of private and public schools. Within East Camden there are two new elementary schools: Octavius V. Catto Elementary School and Thomas H. Dudley Family School. East Camden is also home to a Boys and Girls Club that was constructed and opened in 2007, it offers a variety of after school and summer programs for children.
Federal Street in East Camden features a variety of ethnic food restaurants and small shops offering furniture, clothing, jewelry, and much more. It is one of the few places in South Jersey where a patron can eat authentic Vietnamese, Caribbean, Mexican, Jamaican, Chinese and American cuisine on the same city street.
East Camden has four large parks and recreational area: Stockton Park, Ralph Williams Park, Alberta Woods Park and the Dudley Grange Park. These parks offer a variety of athletic courts, fields, playgrounds, and the only skate park in Camden City.
Saint Joseph’s Carpenter Society and partners are in the process of updating the 2013 My East Camden Neighborhood Plan. This plan will develop a 10 year vision for the future of neighborhood and will focus in on housing, economic development, sustainability/resiliency, parks and open space, small business growth and services needed to move East Camden forward. Please join us in this process.
What is a neighborhood plan and why is it important?
A neighborhood plan is a document that gathers insights and ideas from local stakeholders, like residents, workers, and students, to set out clear goals for how the neighborhood should improve. Neighborhood Plans usually include research on the current conditions of the neighborhood, answering questions like: who lives here? Where do these neighbors work? How many homes are here and how affordable are they? And what transportation do people use? The East Camden neighborhood plan will look at the topics of neighborhood population, jobs, housing, transportation, environment and climate change, among others.
While Regional Plan Association can help gather some data on these issues, no one knows the neighborhood better than the folks who have lived and worked here. That’s why we want to talk to you all to learn more about the neighborhood, identify the issues that you all care about most, and work together to think of solutions that can help East Camden grow in the way you want to see.
On the logistical side, organizations like St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society can take this plan, this vision of what you all want to see happen in your neighborhood, and get funding for specific projects that can make this plan a reality. And working with City of Camden and other entities, we could use this plan as a foundation to try to obtain funds for implementation of some of these ideas.
In 2013, SJCS spearheaded developing a resident-driven neighborhood plan, My East Camden, with over 700 residents participating in some fashion for this vision for the future. From an extensive public process, East Camden residents, businesses, and stakeholders have outlined a strategic vision for East Camden that lays the groundwork for good quality housing in a clean and safe neighborhood; enhances the quality of life for all East Camden residents; strengthens economic development and cultural vibrancy in the commercial corridors and employment centers; and leverages community assets to advance sustainability and community cohesion.
Four Overarching Goals of My East Camden
1. Improved Neighborhood Conditions
2. Foster Commercial Revitalization & Economic Development
3. Improve Housing
4. Enhance Culture, Arts, Open Space, and the Public Realm
February 25, 2021 – SJCS and partners had the first steering committee meeting. Information can be found here.
March 30, 2021 – SJCS and partners had the second steering committee meeting. Information about this meeting can be found here.
April 13, 14, 15, 2021 – SJCS and partners held three open house sessions. Information about these meeting can be found here.
April 27, 2021 – SJCS and partners held the third steering committee meeting. Information about this meeting can be found here.
May 25, 2021 – SJCS and partners held the fourth steering committee meeting. Information about this meeting can be found here.
Homeowners in East Camden often have difficulties securing rehab loans to upgrade their houses, which can result in uncomfortable and even hazardous living conditions for their families. myHOME is a SJCS rehab program that offers up to $5,000 in grants to assist homeowners with health and safety renovations to their homes, such as new heaters to keep warm, new roofs to replace ones that have been damaged, new windows to lower energy costs, and other renovations to keep residents safe in their homes.
myHOME is helping SJCS achieve two results. The first is to stabilize clients’ largest assets, their homes, and ensure that this portion of their investment portfolio (perhaps their only asset) is on solid ground. The second is to continue to stabilize the neighborhood. In achieving these two goals at once, East Camden will continue on its path to being a neighborhood of choice.
To learn more about “myHome” and to see if your home qualifies for a $5,000 grant for home repairs, please contact Nayda Rivera at email@example.com or call 856-966-8117, ext. 225.