Camden will receive more than $13 million in federal funding to replace the 1940s-era buildings in the Clement T. Branch Village public housing complex with mixed-income town houses and apartments, developments that Mayor Dana L. Redd and other officials said would transform the struggling neighborhood.

The money is coming from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant program.

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"It's about people's lives that we are changing today," said U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, who was joined by fellow Democrats Sen. Cory A. Booker and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, local officials, and several dozen Branch Village residents.

Losing the grant last year, Menendez said, "didn't stop our dream, and we went at it again, and here we are celebrating our dream."

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