Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Neighborhood Cleanups – Final Report

On Saturday July 13 and 20, the Neighborhood Services Department Coordination Division implemented the 2013 Neighborhood Cleanup. The neighborhood cleanup event is held annually and provides an opportunity for residents in low-income neighborhoods to discard unwanted household items. Neighborhood Services Department staff members Cliff Peete, Colleen Madera, David Oliver, Jason Greenly, John Ruffin, Mya Clements…
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Town Center Association

Neighborhood Coordinator John Ruffin assisted Town Center residents to organize and establish a registered neighborhood group addressing ongoing neighborhood health and wellness issues. The group identified the following concerns as key issues they would like to address in order to improve neighborhood livability within the apartment complex: public safety, after school enrichment programs for youth,…
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Habitat for Humanity $2 Million Award (Attorney General’s National Foreclosure Settlement)

In February 2013, Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County applied for the funds as a team with the cities of Champaign and Urbana as well as local lenders. Habitat currently partners with these agencies in their community development and neighborhood revitalization initiatives. The Attorney General announced the statewide awards on July 16, 2013 with $2…
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Town Center-Potential New Neighborhood Group Meeting

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator and Colleen Madera, Administrative Assistant met with Town Center residents Dellrae Lawrence and Latricia Johnson and Douglass Square Association leader Jinnie Coleman on Thursday, June 20 regarding information on starting a neighborhood group. Dellrae met Jinnie Coleman, leader of Douglass Square, and really liked what she did with Douglass Square and…
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Fiscal Year 2013 HOME Investment Partnerships Program Formula Allocations

The City of Champaign received a slight decrease in FY 2013/14 funding ($266,521) from the anticipated budget estimate of $273,901. The final and the estimate were reductions compared to the FY 2012/13 allocation of $298,367. The following information from HUD provides an explanation of the funding allocation. Champaign receives the HOME funds from the Urbana…
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