Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Sign Up for Boneyard Creek Community Day

The Boneyard Creek Community Day is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary on Saturday, April 18, 2015. Register now to join other volunteers and community leaders to clean up this area. Registration is open now at www.boneyardcreek.org.

2015-2019 Consolidated Plan Process

The City of Champaign is in the process of planning the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan. The City seeks public input into the needs of the community and the programming offered.   Below is a list of upcoming meeting dates: Date   Time Meeting Location Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7 – 9 pm Champaign City Council Study Session […]

Homeless Education and Awareness

The annual One Winter Night fundraising event in downtown Champaign, sponsored by CU at Home, was held from 5:30 – 9:00 pm on Friday, February 6. This year’s event included a new an educational component regarding homelessness. The Champaign City Building served as the educational space with several vendors set up in the atrium while various […]

2015-19 Consolidated Plan Process

The City of Champaign is in the process of planning the 2015-19 Consolidated Plan. The City seeks public input into the needs of the community and the programming offered.  As of February 7, 2015, public input during neighborhood meetings is low but feedback from the homeless/social service providers is on target.  Additional advertising with social […]

Housing Authority of Champaign County To Utilize Local Codes

The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) will be utilizing local municipal code requirements for tenant based voucher units in the Housing Choice Voucher Program effective July 1, 2015. This will be applicable to the City of Champaign, City of Urbana and Village of Rantoul. For the unincorporated areas, HACC will utilize the property maintenance codes […]

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 […]