Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Illinois Hardest Hit Fund

Illinois Hardest Hit Fund The Illinois Housing Development Agency has re-opened the Illinois Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) program to assist working families who are having difficulty making their monthly mortgage payments due to loss of income.  The program was first launched in September 2011.  The City of Champaign and Nova Debt (now Navicore Solutions) were […]

Bristol Place Update

Bristol Place Fifty-six properties have been acquired in Bristol Place, twenty-six residents have been relocated and twenty-five properties have been demolished. Fourteen properties are scheduled to be demolished in the next few weeks pending Council approval of contracts with three approved Bristol Place demolition contractors on August 16. Fenter Machinery, Miller Enterprises, and ICD Ironhorse, […]

Nuisance Vehicles Towed

Vehicles Towed On August 9, the Neighborhood Code Compliance Division towed a total of five vehicles from a property in Champaign. Property Maintenance Inspector Kim Burnett had previously notified the property owner about the inoperable & unregistered vehicles parked on the private property. With the assistance of the City Legal Department, an administrative search warrant […]

Vacant Nuisance Residential Building (VNRB) Case Resolved

Vacant Nuisance Residential Building (VNRB) Case Resolved A vacant fire damaged house located at 804 Sherwood Terrace was demolished by the owner after the owner was required to register the house as a vacant nuisance residential building.  The demolition permit was issued on September 25, 2015 and the demolition passed final inspection on August 8, […]

Registration Now Open for the 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana are proud to serve as hosts for the 2016 Regional Neighborhood Network Conference (RNNC) and invite the public to participate in this exciting opportunity to collaborate and promote neighborhood wellness and community engagement.  The 30th Annual RNNC will take place September 29 – October 1, 2016. The RNNC provides […]

National Night Out Celebration

The City of Champaign welcomes the community to join us in celebrating National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2, 2016. The public is invited to join in a community-wide celebration at Beardsley Park (1006 N Walnut Street, Champaign) from 4-8 p.m. This free event is sponsored by the Champaign Park District in partnership with the […]

Alexander Lumber Overgrowth Cleanup

Neighborhood Code Compliance staff responded to a complaint from Champaign Township Trustee Norman Davis regarding some overgrowth originating from Alexander Lumber that encroached onto the adjacent property, coming in contact with the single family residence. Although this property is in the Champaign Township, a Code Compliance Manager met with representatives from Alexander Lumber to work […]

Forum Held to Discuss Emergency Shelter Needs

The Council of Service Providers to the Homeless held a public forum on Thursday, July 14 to discuss the recent loss of 95 homeless shelter beds for men and the impact on the community. WCIA covered the event and provided interviews regarding homelessness in our community. Panel members consisted of representatives from United Way, Salvation […]

Bristol Place Demolition Awards

Bristol Approved Demolition Contractors submitted bids to demolish 14 homes in Bristol Place on Friday, July 15, 2016. Bids were awarded to the lowest responsible bidder for each bid packet. This week, there were a total of seven bid packets issued. Fenter Machinery was the lowest bidder for three bid packets, Miller Enterprises was the […]

City Staff Discusses Community Engagement with Visitor from Sierra Leone

City staff recently met with Christian Kamara, the National General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the YMCA in Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara was visiting for a week to explore collaborations in global service learning with The University YMCA, which has a long-term partnership with the YMCA of Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara expressed an interest in […]