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CHIP Receives National Award!

CHIP recipient in Cramer Hill. Some of the grant went to vibrant exterior work!

October 26, 2009

What:"Camden Home Improvement Program" (CHIP) 2009 winner of COSDA Sterling Achievement Award, presented by the Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) is a national association that works to enhance the leadership role of states in community development through innovative policy development and implementation, customer-driven technical assistance, education, and collaborative efforts. This award recognizes state programs that have demonstrated, during a sustained period, positive results in improving the lives of lower income persons in the following program areas:Community Development/Economic Development; Housing Assistance; and Homelessness Assistance/Prevention

Who: A delegation representing the CHIP advisory committee will be attending the award ceremony and lunch.  The team includes: CCOP Chairman, Reverend Willie Anderson and his wife Dr. Bernadette Anderson; CCOP vice-chair Monsignor Robert McDermott, and representatives from New Jersey Housing Mortgage and Finance (NJ HMFA) and Coopers Ferry Development Association (CFDA).

When: COSCDA for its awards ceremony on Monday, October 26th at 12:00 p.m.  The lunch runs from 12-1:30. 

Where: The event is taking place at the Harrisburg Hilton in Harrisburg, PA.

Background: The Council of State Community Development Agencies (COSCDA) is a national association that works to enhance the leadership role of states in community development through innovative policy development and implementation, customer-driven technical assistance, education, and collaborative efforts.  The mission of COSCDA is to advocate on behalf of the states' interest with federal policy makers. They support the common interest and goals of states, with major emphasis on community development, affordable housing, local economic development and state-local relations.  In addition the organization provides its members with technical assistance on a variety of community development and housing related issues.  COSCDA was formally incorporated in 1974 in Illinois as a 501 (c)(3) not for profit organization.

CHIP was designed to go above and beyond the traditional model of local home improvement programs.  House by house, CHIP is making a visable difference locally in revitalizing the community of Camden.  As the program continues, there is a renewed sense of pride in the neighborhoods.  Although it is difficlyt to quantify, on the ground there are are secondary investments occurring, whre neighbors of program participants are feeling encouraged and are beginning to invest in and improve their own homes as well. 

In addition, not only has CHIP helped Camden homewoners, but is is also assisting contractors who are doing the repair work.  CHIP contractors have praised the program as providing a local economic stimulus for them and their suppliers.  As a result of CHIP, program contractors have had consistent work during that last year. 

"We are glad to see the program getting this much attention," commented Rev. Willie Anderson.  "CCOP and our many partners on this program like Coopers Ferry, NJHMFA have worked tirelessly on making a program that is fair and just for the Camden Homeowners."

Rev. Anderson added, "We have always known it was an amazing program, even when everyone said it couldn't be done years ago.  Faith, hard work, and persistence have lead us to this point, and we are hopeful that this added attention will help encourage our political leaders to work with us to make a Second Round of CHIP a reality for Camden homeowners.