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Camden’s Tent City homeless keep up hope
The Philadelphia Inquirer
By Matt Katz , Inquirer Staff Writer

The flashbacks and delusions seemed more vivid behind closed doors, so the Vietnam War veteran decided to spend the rest of his life outside.
Lorenzo “Jamaica” Banks found a patch of woods in downtown Camden – next to the Route 676 exit ramp, behind the Police Department and around the corner from Campbell Soup’s world headquarters. He cleared out the syringes and put up a tent.

That was two years ago. Now there are 17 people, all invited by Banks, living in what’s known around town as Tent City.

Banks, 56, is “mayor” of the makeshift village, which he oversees with a second-in-command – his “CEO,” he says – who is in charge when Banks leaves to buy supplies. There are rules (including weekly tent inspections) posted on a bulletin board. The city of Camden even picks up the trash, neatly stacked in bags along the train tracks.

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Homeless in NJ get counted; higher number expected
Newsday
By GEOFF MULVIHILL | Associated Press Writer
January 28, 2009

CAMDEN, N.J. – The streets of this city are a place people end up when their lives fall apart. And the people who live there say that in the rough economy, they are finding they have more neighbors.

They seem to keep coming,” said 53-year-old Neil Floyd, who sleeps under a tarp in a wooded area near downtown called Tent City.

On Wednesday, officials were trying to gauge how many more.

Social service workers and volunteers set out across Camden and the state as part of a homeless count they complete most years. The results of the census, along with those being conducted in all 50 states this week, are forwarded to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Project Homeless Connect 2009
Cathedral Kitchen
1514 Federal Street, Camden NJ
11:00am ~ 3:00pm

For more information about Camden Project Homeless Connect 2009 contact:
Joanne Locke

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  1. Any help for a clean addict ( 2 years ) on methadone program with income of childsupport only in desperate need of housing to get kids back not elligible for TRA since not elligible for welfare but not enough income to pay for a place either and running in circles ,my kids loosing hope as the youngest cries alot . please any real help, saddest thing the NETI needle exchange program is helping many new addicts , yes i was told for a few months i had it and even given a letter to provide to the judge only to be declined when my application got to trenton i was declined for being clean and drug free too long so i couldnt get the help amazing and although so many sympathize im only about three to four months from loosing my children permanently its crazy totally crazy ive fallen in the cracks of a broken system praying god will provide a miracle and considering if i must go back to that life to get help is that the only way?? help anyone please help, and reality is currently i risk my life by staying with someone previously dangerous to me i have restraining orders on him but it the only place i can go and be close enough to my program to maintain it . i am lost not without hope yet but i need low income housing asap and lists are too long to get it before my kids get adopted out god help me and have mercy on all who could help me and others falling thru cracks as its so sad most of all my kids see it all too and dont understand, but mommys doing good now. she can walk again ( i got hooked on pills from doctor ) any way any help outthere please email me

  2. Any help for a clean addict ( 2 years ) on methadone program with income of childsupport only in desperate need of housing to get kids back not elligible for TRA since not elligible for welfare but not enough income to pay for a place either and running in circles ,my kids loosing hope as the youngest cries alot . please any real help, saddest thing the NETI needle exchange program is helping many new addicts , yes i was told for a few months i had it and even given a letter to provide to the judge only to be declined when my application got to trenton i was declined for being clean and drug free too long so i couldnt get the help amazing and although so many sympathize im only about three to four months from loosing my children permanently its crazy totally crazy ive fallen in the cracks of a broken system praying god will provide a miracle and considering if i must go back to that life to get help is that the only way?? help anyone please help, and reality is currently i risk my life by staying with someone previously dangerous to me i have restraining orders on him but it the only place i can go and be close enough to my program to maintain it . i am lost not without hope yet but i need low income housing asap and lists are too long to get it before my kids get adopted out god help me and have mercy on all who could help me and others falling thru cracks as its so sad most of all my kids see it all too and dont understand, but mommys doing good now. she can walk again ( i got hooked on pills from doctor ) any way any help outthere please email me

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