Northgate II

Northgate II is located on three square blocks in North Camden, one of the most crime-ridden and dilapidated neighborhoods in the City of Camden. The project was developed as part of the urban renewal effort in the late 1970s and was intended to begin the revitalization of the North Camden neighborhood. The revitalization has never occurred and living conditions in North Camden have worsened over the last 30 years; but Northgate II has persevered as an island of safety and stability. Northgate II consists of 402 affordable rental units divided into a 23-story high rise with 308 apartments for the elderly and disabled on one entire block and 94 family units in 14 garden apartment buildings covering two city blocks.

The complex has on-site management, maintenance, and security staff. In addition, Northgate has an on-site social service department staffed by full-time employees including three social workers who are bilingual in English and Spanish. The staff provides health, mental health, social, recreational, and cultural programs and they refer tenants to a wide range of community services.

Between 2004 and 2005, Fair Share Housing Development implemented a $12 million renovation plan at Northgate II, including the addition of 6,500 square feet for a community facility, with a commercial kitchen, wellness office, computer lab, multi-purpose room, large community center and social services offices.

In 2006, FSHD completed $2.2 million in renovations at the low-rise units, supplemented by an nearly $1 million in additional improvements between 2007-2010.

In 2011, Northgate II expended $2.5 million in specialized weatherization funds to make the high-rise and low-rise units more energy-efficient.

In 2011, Northgate II expended $2.5 million in specialized weatherization funds to make the high-rise and low-rise units more energy-efficient.

Also in Spring 2011, Northgate II opened an on-site clinic providing primary medical care to the residents. The clinic is the lynchpin of a new project that aims to cut millions in Medicaid expenses by dramatically improving healthcare for the poor. FSHD’s sister nonprofit, Fair Share Northgate II, which operates the social services department at Northgate II, is partnering with the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers on this exciting project, which launched the first demonstration Medicaid Accountable Care Organization in the State of New Jersey. For more information about this exciting work, click here.

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