Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Restoration Urban Ministries “Mini Homes” Groundbreaking Ceremony

Greg Skaggs and Susan Jones attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the “mini home” to be constructed by Restoration Urban Ministries located at 410 W. Maple St. The approximately 400 sq. ft. home will be built using primarily volunteer labor and will be purchased by a low-income person who would not be able to afford or…
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Kenwood Road

Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear has been working with the owner of 715 Kenwood on housing issues.  The owner is under an extension agreement to have all violations corrected by September 16, 2014.  As part of this extension agreement, the owner agreed to demolish an old shed on the property.  As of September 12, 2014…
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Fire Factor 19

As of Friday, September 12, 111 students have registered for the Fall Fire Factor Academy.  This event will take place at the Illinois Fire Service Academy on September 27, 2014.  Dormitory student fire marshals are being trained at the academy, so 120 to 150 students are expected to attend.  The online learning portion of the…
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Alternative Vegetation – Running Bamboo

Neighborhood Code Compliance made a presentation on running bamboo to the Champaign City Council during a study session on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. The study session was in response to recent complaints of running bamboo becoming invasive and not contained to an owner’s property. Code Compliance Manager David Oliver presented facts on running bamboo to…
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Housing Choice Voucher Program (HCVP) Waitlist – Displaced by Government Action

The waitlist for HCVs for people displaced by government action will be open for the Month of September. This provides a housing opportunity for anyone facing displacement due to a government action taken, such as condemnation or a redevelopment activity similar to Bristol Place.

Move In/Out Recycling Events

City of Champaign’s Public Works and Neighborhood Services collaborated with local non-profit agencies and Campus Property Management to host a successful Move In/Out Recycle and Reuse Event on August 9, thanks to the efforts put forth by Jake Reese, Recycling Intern, David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager, and Nichole Millage, Environmental Sustainability Specialist. This was the…
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2014 STAR Community Service Day

The Neighborhood Services Department sponsored the inaugural STAR Community Service Day Event on Saturday August 23rd.  The event was a collaborative community building and improvement initiative done in partnership with approximately 120 volunteers and support from Lincoln’s Challenge, Champaign Public Works Department, University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs, Latter Day Saints, Champaign Unit 4…
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Garden Hills Landlord Roundtable Breakfast

On Tuesday, August 19th, the Neighborhood Services Department sponsored a Garden Hills Neighborhood Landlord Round Table Breakfast at El Toro Bravo in Champaign.   The landlord engagement activity was the first outreach activity to engage landlords as part of the Code Compliance Action Plan for the Garden Hills Neighborhood. Property Owners in the Garden Hills Neighborhood…
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Bristol Place Offer Letters

NSD completed a mass mailing to both tenants and property owners in the Bristol Place Neighborhood advising them of the City’s interest in purchasing their property.  Letters to the tenants explained that they were not being asked to move, just being made aware that we are in contact with the owners of their homes about…
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IL NAHRO Conference and Annual Meeting

Neighborhood Services Director Kevin Jackson and key NSD staff attended this event in Springfield and participated in sessions focusing on fair housing, mental health challenges in housing, resident advisory boards, creating housing partnerships for the homeless and affordable housing development.  Keynote speakers over the two days included Senator Dick Durbin and HUD Regional Director Antonio…
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