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TheSaint Joseph’s Carpenter Society of Camden, New Jersey, was founded in 1985 to help families improve their quality of life and create safe neighborhoods through homeownership. The Society believes that homeownership leads to a higher quality of life by encouraging stability, fostering personal pride, promoting the development of community ties, allowing families to build wealth, and attracting private capital to under-invested areas. To promote successful homeownership, the Carpenter Society performs three interrelated functions: community organizing, housing development, and homeowner education. The Carpenter Society’s primary work involves targeting abandoned homes for acquisition, rehabilitation and sale to neighborhood families.
A key element of the Carpenter Society’s neighborhood redevelopment model is community organizing to form networks capable of addressing local concerns. Becoming involved in the community is encouraged of all new homeowners to play an active role in the upkeep and development of their neighborhoods.