Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Illegal Dumping Cleared at 109 E. Bellefontaine

109 E. Bellefontaine continues to be an illegal dumping site in the Bristol Place Neighborhood.  Property Maintenance Inspector Cliff Peete has issued several work orders to maintain the property free from junk and debris, each resulting in liens placed against the property for the cost of the abatement and administrative fees.  Peete also towed a […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Program Earns National Recognition

The national Keep America Beautiful organization honored the local Keep Champaign Beautiful program with its prestigious President’s Circle Award at its national conference on January 26, 2017. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in creating clean, green and beautiful communities.  In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, […]

City Staff attends RNNC Steering Committee Meeting, Sees Praise for 2016 Conference

Neighborhood Coordination Staff in the Neighborhood Services Department attended a meeting of the Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) Executive Steering Committee held in Evansville on January 19 – 20. The meeting was hosted by the City of Evansville and provided an opportunity for representatives from RNNC member cities to provide technical assistance and input regarding […]

Urbana HOME Consortium Plans Upcoming RFP

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana will be publishing a joint request for proposal (RFP) to distribute HOME funds prior to a commitment deadline of July 31. The purpose of the RFP will be to further affordable housing through down payment, rehabilitation, purchase, or construction and could serve either rental or homeowner markets. The RFP […]

Continuum of Care Holds Point In Time Count

This week marks the annual Point In Time (PIT) count for continua of care across the country. This process is put in place to identify the homeless population by number of persons, families, and the defining characteristics that may be causing their homelessness. Locally, the Champaign County Continuum of Care selected Thursday, January 26 for […]

Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter

Update on Men’s Emergency Shelter Neighborhood Programs staff attended the press conference regarding the Men’s Emergency Shelter that opened Friday, January 6, 2017 and will operate through March 6, 2017.  Previously, “pop-up” shelter facilities were offered in extreme temperatures (for men and women).  In 2016, the TIMES Center ended its Level 1 Program and the […]

Demolition Underway at 608 E Columbia

Due to a court order, an Expedited Demolition is underway at 608 E. Columbia.  To coordinate the project, an Invitation to Bid was posted on the City of Champaign’s Website and a Public Notice was placed in the News Gazette on November 20 & 27. On December 2, a bid opening was held in which […]

Neighborhood Services Offers OneRoof Training

The Neighborhood Programs Division brought Travis Remmert, founder of OneRoof systems, onsite for daylong training on December 15.The City’s IT Department was instrumental in providing access to learning laptops in the lower level of the City Building for this event. Champaign is one of the original member cities to use this community development software, and […]

Keep Champaign Beautiful Committee Conducts Annual Litter Index

Members of Keep Champaign Beautiful, a sub-committee of the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board, conducted the 2016 Litter Index on October 28.  The litter index is one of the annual requirements to maintain affiliation with Keep America Beautiful.  This is the third year the Keep Champaign Beautiful Committee has performed a litter index in Champaign. The […]

Champaign City Government 101 Academy

Neighborhood Coordination staff wrapped up the second year of the Champaign City Government 101 Academy with a reception and graduation ceremony on December 6. During the 2016 Champaign City Government 101 Academy, 35 students preregistered to participate and 21 of the students completed the necessary requirements to graduate from the Academy. Requirements for graduation included attending […]