Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Emergency Family Shelter

As far back as the 1990’s, the need for emergency family shelters was identified. The need became more prominent recently with the increase in homeless children reported in the point-in-time surveys and observations from the two local homeless funding/networking bodies: the Council of Service Providers to the Homeless and the Champaign County Continuum of Care….
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Bristol Park Information Street Fair

The Neighborhood Services Department hosted the Bristol Park Street Information Fair on Saturday, September 28. The event was designed to: Promote the upcoming Bristol Park Neighborhood master planning process Provide an update regarding the Bristol Park Neighborhood Improvement Plan implementation efforts Promote the formation of a Garwood neighborhood group Neighborhood Services partnered with Hip Hop…
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Regional Neighborhood Network Conference

Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear, Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson, Administrative Assistant Colleen Madera, and Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin attended the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) held in Peoria, IL on Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. The conference provided an opportunity for neighborhood leaders, community activist, and stakeholders to come together to discuss…
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South Prairie St

On August 21, 2013 Property Maintenance Inspector Michael Lambert re-inspected a house on South Prairie St for progress on abating a case of hoarding. The owner is currently relocated to a rehab facility and allies have taken on the responsibility for cleaning up the house and grounds. Contract workers have spent nearly four weeks retrieving…
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214 E Washington

A Vacant Nuisance Residential Building Violation Notice was issued on July 2, 2013 for 214 E. Washington. The property was condemned to occupancy during a tenant requested inspection on September 27, 2012 due to electrical disrepair and had remained vacant since that time. Upon receiving the Violation Notice, the owner brought the structure into compliance…
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407 W Vine St

A 45-day Vacant Nuisance Residential Building Violation Notice was issued on July 2, 2013 for 407 W. Vine St. The property has been condemned since 2003 for a lack of a sewer connection. The owner contacted Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear on July 5, 2013 to ask if she could demolish the property. Inspector Spear…
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Town Center Association – Neighborhood Small Grant

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator, attended the back to school event organized by the Town Center Association. The event was supported by City of Champaign Neighborhood Small Grant funds, along with donations of hair style services by licensed barbers and hair stylist, free backpacks with school supplies were given away to more than 100 children with…
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Dobbins Downs Community Day – Neighborhood Small Grant

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator, attended the Community Day event held in the Dobbins Downs neighborhood on Saturday, August 17. The event was organized by the neighborhood group in conjunction with the Northside Baptist Church and utilized City of Champaign Neighborhood Small Grant funds to support the event which included relationship building activities such as food,…
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Beardsley Park Neighborhood Association – Neighborhood Small Grant

John Ruffin attended the Beardsley Park Neighborhood Association back to school event held on Friday, August 16. The group used small grant funds to support the event and also received support and donations from the Auxiliary. They provided back to school supplies to students and had a fun filled event that included music, games information…
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