CPAC Partners with Rutger’s University Summer Housing Internship Program

Community Planning and Advocacy Council partnered with Rutgers University for the Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP).  The Summer Housing and Internship Program (SHIP) is a twelve-week program from May/early June to August that offers an alternative to recipients of the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) scholarship who lack the financial, family and social connections to secure safe and stable housing during the summer months. 40 New Jersey Foster Scholars are given the opportunity to receive quality housing and paid internship positions throughout the summer months. SHIP also offers a 3-credit course, counseling, weekly workshops, and recreational activities.

Aasim Johnson from Brookdale County College and Samantha Villagran from Rutgers Camden University were welcomed to the CPAC family in early June. Aasim and Samantha assisted in the Camden County Youth Service Commission, Camden County Youth Volunteer Corps, Point in Time, as well as attending Hill Day with Monarch Housing lobbying in Washington, D.C. for ‘Homes for the Homeless’.  They completed their internship the beginning of August.

We would like to thank Rutgers University for the opportunity to partner in this great program.  Also thank our interns Aasim Johnson and Samantha Villagran for their hard work, dedication, and spirit. It was not only a learning experience for our interns, but for CPAC staff as well.  Congratulations on graduating from the program.


Please watch Aasim Johnson reflect on his experience as a Rutgers’ SHIP Scholar:


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“Ban the Box” Legislation Signed into Law

cpac-log-tag“Ban the Box” Legislation Signed Into Law

Earlier this week, Governor Christie signed S-2124/A-1999 (Cunningham/Watson Coleman) into law. Known as the “Ban the Box” legislation, this new law will establish certain employment rights for persons with criminal histories by regulating employers’ use of background checks.

The bill went through several revisions to make it more workable for employers. Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey (CCSNJ) participated in discussions and was part of a coalition of business organizations that opposed the bill and eventually sought changes. We are pleased that the version agreed upon by the bill’s sponsors and signed by Governor Christie is less onerous to employers than previous versions. For example, this new law exempts businesses with fewer than 15 employees and includes protections for employers that choose not to hire a candidate with a criminal history.

Although still not supportive of the measure, the CCSNJ appreciates the willingness of the sponsors to be flexible and open to the concerns of the business community. This law takes effect on March 1, 2015.

2014 Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge

cpac logoIt’s that time of year again! On Sunday, November 2nd the historic Ben Franklin bridge will once again close to allow 5,000 runners and walkers to cross from New Jersey to Pennsylvania in the 2014 Cooper Norcross Run the Bridge presented by Amerihealth. It’s a 10K run and two-mile bridge walk to benefit the children with special needs at Larc School in Bellmawr, New Jersey. As one of the largest 10K runs in the Tri-State area, this charity event attracts world-class athletes and thousands of spectators and volunteers. To learn more about the event, please visit

2014 Camden County Human Service Grant Funds Pre-bid Minutes

cpac-log-tag2014 CHSG Pre Bid Meeting Minutes

County Human Service Grants

cpac-log-tag2014 CHSG – RFP <—-Click

CHSG – typeable budget pages <——Click

CHSG Evaluation Instrument Worksheet  <——Click

2014 Program Profile CHSG <—-Click


cpac-log-tag2014 County Human Service Grants – Notice of Funds Available

2014 CHSG NOFA <—–Click

Heat Alert Issued

smile1Please be advised that the County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Today, July 14th, 2014 from 12 Noon until 7:00 PM.

All municipalities are required to activate their heat alert protocol including opening up cooling centers to the public.  Thank you.

Heat Alert Issued

smile1Please be advised that the County Health Officer has issued a Heat Alert for Today, July 8th, 2014 from 12 Noon until 7:00 PM.

All municipalities are required to activate their heat alert protocol including opening up cooling centers to the public.  Thank you.

2015 SSH Request for Proposal Documents

Please see below link for the following 2015 SSH RFP Documents:

SSH Type-able Budget

Projected LOS Type-able Form

SSH Pre-Bid Minutes

SSH Type-able page from RFP

Addendum to 2015 SSH RFP


If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to CPAC’s Director of Grants Management Hilary Colbert:

CPAC Host’s The Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative

Community Planning and Advocacy Council (CPAC) hosted, 25 young professionals representing 20 countries throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, Friday, June 27, 2014 as The Washington Fellows for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Rutgers University is participating in the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)—a high priority for President Barack Obama. Rutgers is hosting a six-week Institute on Civic Leadership. The YALI participants range in age from 25-35 with diverse professional and academic backgrounds. The Civic Leadership Institute will explore civic leadership in the United States and enhance participants’ skills in areas such as civic engagement, community building, nonprofit management, political organizing, and volunteerism.

While visiting CPAC, the fellows had the opportunity to learn about Camden County and Camden City providing a focus on leadership development, community development, parent advocacy, and cultural enrichment. Representatives such as, Gino Lewis of Camden County Improvement Authority, Lisa Cerny of Gloucester County Dept. of Human Services, and June Morton, City of Camden, Division of Planning on a panel to discuss the present and future plans of community development in Camden County and Camden City and Regionally on behalf of the Southern New Jersey Homeless Continuum of Care currently serving Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties.

After an engaging and interactive panel discussion, Diana Cooper, Acting President/CEO of CPAC gave the fellows a tour of Camden City prior to Mayor Dana Redd and Camden County Freeholder Scott McCray receiving the tour bus of fellows at the City Council Chambers.

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CPAC would like to thank all representatives of Camden County and Camden City, especially Mayor Dana Redd and Freeholder Scott McCray in hosting our YALI guests. Also thank you Rutgers University in this historical collaboration. To the YALI Fellows, the passion, dedication, and drive that was exuded this day not only inspired us, but reinforced the saying “It takes a village to raise a child.” not only locally, but now, internationally.


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