In June 2012, CFP launched its largest planning endeavor to date—My East Camden: Many Voices, One Vision- Nuestro Este Camden- Muchas Voces, Una Visión, which will provide a comprehensive vision for the four census tracts that comprise the East Camden neighborhood (Marlton, Stockton, Dudley, Rosedale). In 2009, CFP began working with St. Joseph’s Carpenter Society (SJCS) to transform the two square block area once know as “The Alley”, one of the most notorious drug areas in the City of Camden during the /1990’s, into a safe and vibrant community. The Boyd and Morse Streets Infrastructure Project was achieved through a strategic partnership between CFP, SJCS, and The Reinvestment Fund Development Partners, in conjunction with the City of Camden, Camden Redevelopment Agency, Camden Economic Recovery Board, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, Camden Churches Organized for People, and the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office. Completed in 2011, the Boyd and Morse Streets Infrastructure Project included flooding mitigation and the construction of new streets, alleys, and water and sewer lines.
CFP is again partnering with SJCS, as well as the Regional Plan Association (RPA), to develop a resident-driven Neighborhood Plan for East Camden with an emphasis on corridor revitalization funded by a $100,000 grant from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation. The neighborhood planning process, which is being led by CFP, will include research of existing conditions as well as on-the-ground outreach and hands-on workshops, resulting in a resident-approved plan.
Over the summer months of June and July 2012, CFP managed a team of volunteer surveyors comprised of CFP staff and interns along with volunteers from the Romero Center Ministries of East Camden, NJ to complete a property survey of over 6,900 parcels in East Camden.
/Along with the property survey, CFP hired 12 part time surveyors (10 Camden City residents) to conduct a door-to-door resident survey in all four census tracts of East Camden. During the entire month of August, the survey team interviewed 400 East Camden residents, as a part of the Success Measures system initiated by the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.
In February 2013, the East Camden Neighborhood Plan was supported through City Council Action. The final planning document will be adopted into the City’s master plan once the plan is finalized (Summer 2013).
CFP conducted two youth based community workshops on March 19, 2013. These workshops were focused towards the youth's perspective of East Camden, and included guest from the EducationWorks program, based in Wilson High School, and Urban Promise. CFP along with SJCS received over 290 surveys from the youth based community workshop and with the help from the organizations such as the Hispanic Family Center.
CFP, along with SJCS and RPA will wrap up its last rounds of steering committee meetings, and public meetings this Spring, and scheduled to present the final plan to the public Summer 2013.