Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Bristol Park Neighborhood Plan Update

Greg Skaggs and Kevin Jackson met with Calvin Williams, the Chairman for the Committee on Construction at the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce.  The discussion centered around strategies for the Bristol Place Demolition Policy that would allow the greatest opportunities for MBE/WBE businesses to participate.  Mr. Williams was briefed on the discussions that NSD staff…
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City of Champaign Approved for $3.5 Million Section 108 Loan

HUD APPROVES $3,524,000 LOAN GUARANTEE TO CHAMPAIGN, IL The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced that it has approved a $3.5 million loan guarantee under Section 108 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to the City of Champaign to provide financial assistance for the Bristol Park…
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The Center for Women in Transition Has a New Name

Effective June 1, 2014, The Center for Women in Transition and a Woman’s Place Domestic Violence Program will be known as Courage Connection.  This change will unite the shelter, housing services, programs, and outreach under one name.  Currently, Courage Connection is the only agency that offers a full spectrum of services for victims of domestic…
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Champaign Hosts National HOME Investment Partnership Program Training

The City of Champaign hosted a training course from the National Community Development Association (NCDA) focused on practitioners in the federal HOME Investment Partnership Program (HOME program).  The three day course included 18 practitioners from around the country and three local staff.  The event was offered at the Champaign Police Department, which provided great accommodations…
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SITI Company/Krannert Community Engagement Project

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator met with the Krannert Center for Performing Arts Community Engagement team, the SITI Company theater group, and community team members to discuss the proposed theater project development.  The proposed project will be a collaborative project in conjunction with the theater group and community stakeholders.  It was agreed that the group will…
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Mittendorf Neighborhood Group

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator, and Cliff Peete, Property Maintenance Inspector, met with the residents along Mittendorf Street in North Champaign on May 1, 2014 to discuss their concerns related to code compliance issues and the transitioning neighborhood.  Cliff responded to the code concerns immediately by contacting one of the new homeowners to inform them of…
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Stratton Neighborhood Association

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator, met with a resident of the 200 block of West Eureka Street who was interested in restarting the Stratton Neighborhood Watch group.  This resident was a former group leader when the group was previously registered with the City.  After the discussion, it was decided that the group’s priorities will address public…
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Garden Hills Clean and Green

The Garden Hills Clean and Green committee held a street clean-up on Saturday, May 24, 2014.  David Oliver, Code Compliance Manager, was on hand to assist the group with litter removal along Paula Drive. The group was assisted by Councilmember Will Kyles and a group of youth from Restoration Urban Ministries. Prior to the clean…
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Community Resource and Spring Fling Fair at Garden Hills

Neighborhood Services Department, in partnership with the Champaign Unit 4 Schools’ Title 1 Program, Community Matters, the United Garden Hills Neighborhood Association, and the Champaign Police Department entertained and educated approximately 500 patrons on Monday May 19th at the Community Resource and Spring Fling Fair held at Garden Hills Elementary School. Outside, 60 children participated…
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STAR Expo and Awards Ceremony

On Thursday April 17, the Neighborhood Services Department and the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board hosted the 5th Annual STAR Expo/Awards Ceremony at the Hilton Garden Inn.  37 vendors were available during the Expo to display various services and programs, such as Construction Ideas LLC, Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club, CommUnity Matters, Ameren Act on…
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