Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

NOFA Award Funding

Each year, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issues a Notice Of Funding Availability (NOFA) for homelessness-related services. The 2014 NOFA was announced several months earlier than usual, and was due at the end of October 2014.  In January 2015, the Champaign County Continuum of Care (CoC) was notified it was […]

Foreclosure Tracking

Foreclosure filings through December of 2014 are now reported. The chart below outlines foreclosure activity within the City of Champaign over the past few years. 2007     2008     2009     2010     2011     2012     2013     2014   Number of Filings        102   […]

“One Winter’s Night” Educational Outreach

On February 6, 2015, local service provider C-U at Home (who operates the new downtown drop-in center “The Phoenix,” along with a transportation ministry and two houses for homeless people) will have their annual fundraiser “One Winter’s Night” (OWN).  Community members will spend the cold, winter night in cardboard boxes in downtown Champaign in order to […]

City of Champaign Ban on Running Bamboo

Champaign City Council adopted an ordinance to ban running bamboo within the City limits effective February 3, 2015. Running bamboo can become an invasive nuisance through the aggressive spread of underground rhizomes resulting in the emergence of new bamboo culms far from the plant. Running bamboo can also grow to a height in excess of […]

Emergency Family Shelter Steering Committee

On January 6, 2015, the Steering Committee for the Emergency Family Shelter, which includes Project Specialist Jason Greenly and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear, met to discuss progress made on rehabilitation work being done to the identified building site.  Rehabilitation includes a roof replacement, asbestos inspections, and some other minor repair needed before opening.  The […]

STAR Planning

The NSD STAR Planning Committee met to discuss plans related to the upcoming 2015 STAR Awards Expo to be held on April 30, 2015. The Committee is finalizing the site for this year’s event, with discussions considering the Illinois Terminal , Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Hawthorne Suites Hotel, Hilton Garden Inn Hotel and […]

Consolidated Plan Public Engagement

Neighborhood Coordinator, John Ruffin and Neighborhood Programs Manager, Kerri Spear met to discuss Consolidated Plan Public Engagement and working with registered a groups and the general public to illicit comments for the next draft Consolidated Housing Plan.  The following list of proposed dates will be used to generate input from the general public for strategies […]

Champaign Park District – Block Party Discussions

Neighborhood Coordinator, John Ruffin met with Jameel Jones, Outreach Director from the Champaign Park District, to discuss a series of upcoming block parties that will be conducted throughout the City.  The block parties are focused on making program services equitable throughout the community and will be focused in neighborhoods we have targeted for Neighborhood Action […]

Consolidated Plan Public Input Process

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and Neighborhood Programs Manager Kerri Spear were joined by Grants Management Manager Kelly Mierkowski (City of Urbana) during the January 6 Study Session regarding the City’s Housing Strategy and upcoming Consolidated Plan process. Several citizens participated in the public participation portion of the study session and public hearing. Staff received phone […]

Bids for Bristol Place Redevelopment Mobile Office

On January 6, 2015, Neighborhood Programs re-solicited bids for a mobile office for use in Bristol Place during the redevelopment efforts. The intention is to have an on-site location for families to complete associated paperwork and to allow a space for case management services, which will be offered at no charge to Bristol Place residents […]