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A falling risk in Camden Philadelphia Inquirer (March 23, 2011)
Falls – down steep stairways, on cracked pavement, in slippery bathrooms – are the No. 1 cause of injury-related hospital visits for Camden residents, according to a recent analysis by the data nonprofit CamConnect. From 2002 to 2009, Camden residents made more than 17,000 trips to the hospital for fall related injuries. That’s nearly double the number of hospital visits during the same period for injuries sustained from assaults.
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Axes fall for police, firefighters in Camden Philadelphia Inquirer (January 18, 2011)
The layoffs were caused only in small part by Christie's funding cuts. The governor last year provided almost as much financial support as Gov. Jon S. Corzine had. Adjusted for inflation, Camden is receiving $115.6 million in state aid, compared with $120.8 million providing by Corzine in his last year in office, according to the nonprofit group Camconnect.
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Cutback in jobs felt in Camden Courier-Post (December 20, 2010)
According to 2008 figures from CamConnect, only one-fifth of employed Camden residents work within the city limits. Nearly half of them work in its downtown area. Half of the employed Camden residents work outside the county.
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Why it's so tough to solve Camden's crisis Philadelphia Inquirer (December 12, 2010)
More than $1 billion. That's how much state aid came to Camden with fewer than 80,000 people, in the last decade alone. (Forget about the schools, which received far more.) That's just to run city government. Despite this largesse, half of the Police Department and a third of the Fire Department could be laid off in the coming weeks because of a $26.5 million deficit on a budget of about $140 million.
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White out: New look for phone book Courier-Post (November 15, 2010)
Seventy-one percent of New Jersey's 3.1 million households have high-speed Internet, but only 29 percent of households in Camden have it, said Aaron Truchil, an analyst with CamConnect, a nonprofit data warehouse in Camden. "Given the disparity and the decline in the city's library services, there is a significant need for non- Internet access to data. There is a misconception that everybody has access," he said.
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In Camden, New Troubles on Top of Old New York Times (November 12, 2010)
“It’s not that the things they did with the money were bad, and they did create some good jobs, though not enough,” said Stephen Singer, former executive director of CamConnect, a nonprofit group that collects data to track the state of the city. “But they hardly did anything about these massive needs that you have to deal with to create a foundation for everything else — the crime, the schools. Fixing the sewers alone would have cost much more than the state spent on the entire effort.”
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Camden preparing to close library system Philadelphia Inquirer (August 06, 2010)
Camden is preparing to permanently shut its library system by the end of the year, potentially leaving residents of the impoverished city among the few in the United States unable to borrow a library book free. At an emotional but sparsely attended meeting of the library board Thursday, its president, Martin McKernan, said the city's three libraries cannot stay open past Dec. 31 because of severe budget cuts by Mayor Dana L. Redd.
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Mayor Redd, tear down these walls Courier-Post (June 13, 2010)
In Camden, where derelict buildings are all over the map, there's no comprehensive - much less current - list of vacant properties. "Everyone finds that hard to believe," says Stephen Singer, executive director of CamConnect, a nonprofit data-collection and analysis group. "Even in City Hall there are people who find it hard to believe."
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Data Unit Argues for Transit Stop Courier0Post (May 1, 2010)
When a coalition of Camden residents looked at the proposed expansion of the PATCO Hi-Speedline deep into Gloucester County, they suspected Camden might not be getting its fair share of new stops. They asked CamConnect, a nonprofit organization that analyzes data, to plot usage of the rail line by city residents and proximity to stations....
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Perspectives in Health Information Management: Hope for New Jersey’s City Hospitals: The Camden Initiative (Spring, 2010)
A tiny fraction of patients that consumes a disproportionately large share of medical resources in cities like Camden, NJ, threatens to overwhelm the state’s healthcare delivery system. Pursuant to federal law, hospitals and emergency departments (EDs) are required to provide life-sustaining medical care to anyone seeking treatment, regardless of the patient’s ability to pay. This situation is untenable in every respect...
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Philadelphia Inquirer Op-Ed: Responding to the Inquirer’s Series on the Camden Economic Recovery
The Inquirer’s series on Camden’s $175 million recovery legislation offered a refreshing focus on accountability. However, characterizing officials’ recent statement that over $1 billion would be required to address Camden’s woes as mere opinion misses the mark...
 
Read the unedited version of the letter that adds context about the cause and scale of Camden's continued budgetary needs
 
Read CamConnect's most recent analysis of the Camden City budget  
 
Camden Stymie Rehab of Houses
Camden (September 13, 2009) - On a recent morning, a demolition crew perched on scaffolding above a gaping hole on the corner of Kenwood Avenue, applying stucco to the side of a row home that became exposed when they tore down the vacant unit next to it in mid-August....
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Read the September 20th Courier Post editorial citing CamConnect's vacant housing estimates

 
Camden's 'ugliest house' a hazard, but still standing
Camden (August 28, 2009) - As about 40 people looked on, a Camden activist climbed the step at 923 N. 27th St. in the city's Cramer Hill section yesterday and tacked a bright-orange "Imminent Hazard" sign to the entrance of the abandoned shell. It wasn't easy. The unhinged door, propped against piles of debris inside the ruined home, nearly caved in at the touch...
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2010 Census Camden Office Press Briefing - New Jersey Public Network TV
Camden (August 12, 2009)

Census Months Away, But Promoting Begins in NJ
Camden (August 11, 2009) - Census forms won't be sent out until March, but the government has already begun the push to try to get them all filled out. On Tuesday, officials came to Camden — a city where the Census Bureau considers every neighborhood hard to count — to woo help from nonprofit groups. Fernando Armstrong, director of the Census Bureau's Philadelphia region, told a few dozen people from the organizations that they could be a key to getting an accurate count because they already have the trust of people who might be wary of giving the federal government any information...
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Ugliest-home contest on city eye-sores
Camden (July 28, 2009) - St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Cramer Hill is asking residents to vote for the neighborhood's ugliest home. Earlier this month, Father Jud Weiksnar and staff from Camden Churches Organized for People photographed 13 of the most notorious eyesores in the neighborhood, all believed to be abandoned...
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