The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

Solutions Based on Science and the Human Experience

Camden

That’s right next to a new apartment building. Why is it that they could build that apartment to be so beautiful but they can’t fix a house this small next to it? That house is probably like, what, two bedrooms? It says Department of Public Works on the door. Welcome to Camden.

I spent three and a half months in a shelter with my two children and then I got my apartment.  The crazy thing about it is that I still have to do house searches and job searches to qualify for welfare, even though I have a job and an apartment. My caseworker says that I have to look for something lower, than I can afford, I guess because $850 is too much. I don’t know where I’m going to find a two bedroom for a lower price. All the housing that’s low-income is like a year waiting list or more.

There are so many empty places that can be built up for people to work in, creating more jobs. I would turn this into a restaurant or something. 

Housing in Camden is the worst, because it’s hard to afford it when you receive such a little amount of money from welfare, and if you work they cut half of the benefits. I would change all of the abandoned buildings and transform them to low-incomes apartments for those families that can’t afford any apartments and that are receiving welfare assistance.

That’s the fridge when it’s empty. That’s at the ending of the month, when it was a little empty, but we didn’t have to go to a church to get food or anything like that. Like we weren’t at the point of starving.

Kathy, a member of Witnesses to Hunger from Camden, NJ, is the mother of two children, a six-year-old girl and a one-year-old boy. She lived in a shelter for several months, after a fire destroyed the home she was living in. Kathy recently moved into an apartment, and she is now eager to give her children the stability they haven’t had. She joined Witnesses to Hunger because she experienced hunger as a child and wants to ensure that her children, and other families, do not have to struggle like she did.

Active 2013-Present
 

Tiffany J. is a proud mother of seven, college graduate and lifelong resident of Camden, New Jersey. She has seen Camden at its best and at its worst and she is very troubled by the violence. She feels something must be done to make Camden's streets better. She joined the Witnesses to Hunger Program so she could share her story ideas for how to make the city better.

Active 2013-Present

 

Anisa is a resident of the Fairview neighborhood of Camden, and is the mother of four children and grandmother of a 3 year-old. She is helping to raise her grandson while her daughter works two jobs, and is also supporting her oldest son, a full-time college student. A long-time resident of Camden, she joined Witnesses to Hunger because she wants to support and encourage other parents who are struggling to raise their children on a limited income.

 

Active 2013-Present

 

Beatrize is a working mother with one young son. She is a part of Witnesses to Hunger because she feels that people need to know the positive aspects of Camden and that people need encouragement to make a positive change in their community. She is a proud life-long resident of Camden, and plans to return to college this fall to get a degree in surgical technology. 

Active 2013-Present
 

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