Camden to receive $180M from FY2023 budget and additional $24M toward capital projects

The city of Camden is receiving $180 million from the state in direct investments, as specified in Gov. Phil Murphy’s Fiscal Year 2023 budget. Additionally, the city is receiving $24 million in transitional aid from the state’s FY2022 budget that will go toward capital projects.

“Camden is a city on the rise, and these investments will go towards refurbishing stores and streets, making them more attractive and inviting with fresh paint and repaired brickwork, and new windows and signage, while also bringing in some much-needed upgrades for safety and security,” Murphy said Tuesday as he visited the city.

The state’s ongoing investments in the city of Camden have netted positive results for the city’s residents who rely on supplemental funding for access to affordable housing, social programming, infrastructure upgrades and neighborhood improvements.

The FY2023 budget provides Camden with critical funding toward municipal assistance and meeting capital needs, and to support property tax relief. This funding includes over $100 million in municipal aid, which includes over $5 million from this fiscal year’s Municipal Relief Fund. The budget also makes major investments — over $80 million — in important projects through the city, the county and its Improvement Authority, including:

  • $35 million to demolish vacant structures through the Camden County Improvement Authority;
  • $15 million for the Camden County Courthouse Regional Corrections Center Initiative;
  • $10 million for Camden County’s work to rehabilitate Admiral Wilson Boulevard West;
  • $10 million for Camden County’s Park and Trails Program;
  • $5 million for the Camden Housing Fund Initiative to further the development and construction of safe and affordable places for families to call home;
  • $5 million for citywide improvements for pedestrian safety;
  • $2 million for Camden Works to initiate a pilot shuttle-bus program to help connect more residents with available jobs;
  • $600,000 for social services provided to individuals experiencing homelessness by Joseph’s House of Camden.

The governor also underscored additional investments from FY2022 transitional aid funds — in addition to the FY2023 appropriations to the city and county noted above, the city of Camden will receive a $24.085 million direct investment to complete critical need projects, including:

  • $3 million for upgrades to City Hall and city facilities;
  • $3 million for upgrades to the Metro Police Department;
  • $10 million for road paving and upgrades;
  • $2 million for Department of Public Works equipment;
  • $2 million for illegal dump site remediation;
  • $4.085 million for sewer and water infrastructure upgrades.

“I thank Gov. Phil Murphy and Local Government Services Director Jacquelyn Suarez for supporting the city of Camden and my administration,” Camden Mayor Victor Carstarphen said. “This announcement will signify the largest supplement to transitional aid in Camden’s history. The $24 million in supplemental transitional aid will not only support Camden’s public safety efforts, it will help to reduce illegal dumping, help to bolster ongoing improvements to our water, sewer and infrastructure systems and will leverage millions more in federal, state, county and local resources already being invested citywide. We are fully committed to improving the quality of life for the children, youth and families of Camden.”