INITIATIVES

 
Annual Haddon Avenue Street Festival

This free annual event show-cases entertainers with strong regional and local followings. Vendors line Haddon Avenue between Kaighn Avenue and Mechanic Streets with food, clothing, jewelry, music and art as well as a kid’s fun zone with moon bounce, video game truck,  pop-up basketball games, face painting, and a children's book festival. Giveaways, health screenings, social services and food fare are also available.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2023 Street Festival!

 

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HOPE Institute

PBCIP’s Hope Institute is a HUD-certified housing counseling agency. Our HUD certified housing counselor's are here to assist clients with rental counseling, pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention.

Pre-Purchase Education

The Hope Institute's FREE VIRTUAL Homebuyer Education Course includes six workshops on Wednesday evenings, plus individual sessions with your housing counselor.

The education workshops cover topics including budgeting, how to improve your credit score and the mortgage application process. The individual counseling helps each client calculate their mortgage affordability and strategies on how to improve their credit score.

If you have additional questions,  please contact Miosha Lawrence at (856) 964-0440, x. 15 or mlawrence@pbcip.org.

"Never give-up. Try and try and try until you reach your goals." The Ray Family & New Homeowners

Rental & Foreclosure Assistance Counseling
PBCIP’s housing counseling staff are here to help you if you are struggling to pay your rent, mortgage or other major bills. Contact our experienced staff to request assistance with:

  • Rental assistance

  • Foreclosure assistance

  • Utility assistance

The NJ eviction moratorium ihas ended. Depending on your income, if you have past due rent accrued between March 1, 2020 and either August 31, 2021, or December 31, 2021,  there is protection from being evicted or removed from where you are living. You must self-certify your household income to become eligible for this protection. Click to complete the certification application.

Should you have any questions please contact Angela Randal at (856) 964-0440, x. 14 or arandall@pbcip.org.

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Our next session of classes are full. The next session will begin May 2023.

 

Success Story
Alicia, Hope Institute Client: PBCIP’s Homeownership Education program put me on the right path and kept me there. The classes were informative and the one-on-one sessions helped me reach that ultimate goal of buying my first home! My family is so happy! PBCIP’s Homeownership Coordinator made me feel comfortable about my financial situation, allowing me to be honest and open. I have told many of my friends, coworkers and family about your program, and that if followed correctly, buying a home is possible!! 

I really can’t stress enough how following their advice helped. My lender and realtor even told me how they have never seen someone approved by the mortgage company and state grant program so fast. I had every document ready to go. This program is awesome!

Click here to request an information packet and we'll send you a information packet to put you on the road to homeownership with PBCIP's Hope Institute.

2023 Hope Institute Workshop Series:
Spring 2023 (May 2023)
Fall 2023 (September)

 
Parkside Homeowners Assistance

The Parkside Homeowner Assistance Program (PHAP) has been established to repair residential properties one block at a time. The program will provide up to $5,000 to eligible homeowners. The program matches up to $5,000 in grant dollars for existing residential property owners to assist with paying for home repairs through a zero-interest forgivable loan. Homeowners over the age of 70, living at an income below or at $33,975 (single) or $45,775 (married), will be exempt from match requirement. If homeowner maintains residency, the grant (forgivable loan) is fully forgiven after two years. Goal of the program is to allow homeowners who might not otherwise be able to afford necessary repairs to maintain a safe and healthy living environment. Eligible home improvements include roofing, windows, electrical upgrades, heating system, plumbing, code violations and handicapped improvements.

  • Applicant(s) must own and occupy home in Parkside as primary residence for no less than one full calendar year.

  • PBCIP’s funding cannot EXCEED $5,000 in your home. Homeowners must provide no less than a 2:1 match to secure the Homeowner Assistance grant. Example #1….for $6,000 home renovation project, PBCIP will grant $4,000 and homeowner will contribute $2,000. Example #2……for $7,500 home renovation project, PBCIP will grant $5,000 and homeowner will contribute $2,500.

  • Household income must be less than 100% of the median area income for 2021.  Applications will be processed on a first-come/first served basis.
     

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Parkside Collaborative
Partners

The Parkside collaborative is a group of partners – Camden County Historical Society, NJ Conservation Foundation, LAEDA, HopeWorks, and PBCIP – coming together to transform and revitalize the Parkside
neighborhood of Camden, NJ.

 

With support from the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, we are working together to create a flourishing neighborhood over the next 5 years – one where a new generation will be employed with quality jobs, families will access new green spaces and healthy food, and in all, a new, stronger future will be built in
Parkside.

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Parkside's
Roots to Market

Creating income opportunities through horticulture can attract new gardeners, if there is local support committed to eliminating entry barriers to the fresh foods market. In Camden's Parkside neighborhood, residents receive support in beginning gardens with free resources and workshops call "Rootcamp". Participants benefit from receiving free soil testing, an allotment of fresh soil, raised beds (if required), as well as seeds and seedlings demanded by businesses committed to purchasing over the Summer and Fall months. 

The seeds and seedlings are distributed to each grower during Rootcamp programs. The majority of the free programming are administered by existing area organizations and partners, eliminating duplicative efforts in Camden.

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ROOT CAMP 101: Gardening Basics

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Parkside Learning Garden

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Haddon Avenue Business Association

A neighborhood retail district is the heart of a thriving urban residential community. In Parkside, there is always opportunity for state-of-the-art business and commercial development. From the brand new co-working arts pavilion to the formation of the Haddon Avenue Business Association for expanding businesses in Parkside, the neighborhood is up-and-coming.

 

The Haddon Avenue Business Association was formed in 2014 to promote commerce and community along Haddon Avenue, working in conjunction with PBCIP and the Latin American Economic Development Association (LAEDA)  to improve the economic health and climate of the commercial district in the Parkside-Gateway-Whitman Park neighborhood of Camden. HABA promotes and insures this business corridor is an inclusive destination for visitors, shopping, and employment for the neighborhood, city and surrounding area.

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PRIDE Network
PBCIP's Block Captain's Network

Blocks captains meet monthly prior to the PBCIP community meeting. Each of the 55 blocks in Parkside has a designated block captain, though some blocks without a captain are served by someone on a neighboring block.

INTERESTED IN BEING A BLOCK CAPTAIN? PBCIP NEEDS YOU!

Block captains are the link between residents and PBCIP, disseminating timely information about meetings, events or issues of concern that may arise. They also:

  • troubleshoot resident problems and work with PBCIP to connect residents to the resources they need

  • serve as the eyes and ears of PBCIP in the community

  • meet everything from immediate and basic needs to social opportunities to leadership development

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 Not sure who your block captain is? 
 Contact Sheilah Greene
(856) 964-0440, x. 13
sgreene@pbcip.org
Want to become a PBCIP member?
Simply click below to pay your $12!