Update on Homelessness in South Jersey
May 13, 2010
About fifty former homeless people are living in a Cherry Hill hotel now thanks to a nonprofit group and the organizing of the self-governing residents of the former Camden neighborhood, “Tent City.” Also known as “Transition Park,” this slice of New Jersey state land has been existence for five years, and after many attempts by various New Jersey homelessness non-profits to clean up and close the area, the Nehemiah Group came up with a quarter of a million dollars and a year commitment to help the former tent-dwellers back into homes of their own. Our guest, PASTOR AMIR KHAN of the Nehemiah Group, is helping to facilitate the complicated temporary shelter negotiations, assessments of those who are coping with substance addition and mental illness, and future job training and entrepreneurship programs. We’ll also talk to former resident and Tent City board member, JAMES BOGGS. Then we’ll get an overview of homelessness in South Jersey with ALISON RECCA-RYAN, Director of the New Jersey CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing).