Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Interfaith Engagement Initiative

John Ruffin, Neighborhood Coordinator, met with representatives of the local interfaith working group to discuss the progress of outreach efforts undertaken by the Neighborhood Services Department. Based on the feedback, it was decided to postpone the interfaith planning luncheon scheduled for April 25, 2013. The group will continue to work with Neighborhood Services to continue…
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Open House Discussion – Providence at Thornberry

On Thursday, March 28, Susan Jones, Community Development Specialist, attended an informational meeting at the Housing Authority of Champaign County to address concerns on the proposed housing development to be located at 702 Cobblefield in Champaign. Four representatives from the condo association located directly south of the proposed site attended the meeting to inquire about…
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National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Fire Inspector I Certification

Property Maintenance Inspector Tim Spear completed the first phase of the certification process to become certified as a NFPA Fire Inspector I. The first phase consisted of passing an 100 question exam on March 13, 2013. The second phase is the practicum phase. In the practicum phase, seven different types of facilities must be inspected….
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Attorney General National Foreclosure Settlement Grant Submitted

A grant application for the Attorney General National Foreclosure Settlement Grant was submitted on Friday, February 15 by team leader Habitat for Humanity of Champaign County. The grant team includes: the Cities of Champaign and Urbana, University of Illinois Law Clinic and Planning Department, Busey Bank, Hickory Point Bank, Community Reinvestment Group, Novadebt, Education for…
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Neighborhood Stabilization Reimbursement

This week, Neighborhood Programs Division received the final reimbursement check from Illinois Housing Development Authority for work done on the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. All totaled, the City received $2,099,485 for acquisition, rehabilitation, construction, demolition and financing of 13 units. All properties are occupied except for 709 Sherwood and 1209 N. Market. These properties will be…
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Emergency Family Shelter

The United Way of Champaign County is leading the response to provide emergency family shelter in Champaign County. The City of Champaign is partnering with the United Way, City of Urbana, Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, Regional Office of Education, First United Methodist Church Champaign-Austin’s Place, University of Illinois Office of Volunteer Programs and the…
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