Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

2018 Litter Index Shows Improvement

The City of Champaign became a Keep America Beautiful Affiliate in 2015.  Keep America Beautiful is a leading national non-profit organization which envisions a country where every community is a clean, green and beautiful place to live.  Keep America Beautiful Certification is a key action of the Champaign Growing Greener Plan and supports the City […]


Neighborhood Services Participates in Wellness, Fun & Medicare 101 @ Carle at the Fields

Champaign Neighborhood Services staff members participated in a Carle-sponsored wellness event on October 6,2018, targeted towards senior residents. The event was held at the recently opened Carle at the Fields facility. Staff provided information regarding neighborhood wellness as it related to property upkeep and Neighborhood Services’ portfolio of programs for residents who may need assistance with […]


Neighborhood Services Implements New Communication Techniques

The Neighborhood Services Department is responsible for the maintenance and preservation of existing structures in the community through the enforcement of property maintenance codes and coordination of efforts to achieve compliance with the City’s blight and nuisance abatement programs. Often residents are unaware of Champaign property code requirements. Rather than sending a violation notice to residents […]


Neighborhood Services Staff Shares Update on Providence Engagement Initiative

Over the last year, Neighborhood Coordination staff has been working with property management at Providence at Thornberry, the adjacent Business Association, and registered Homeowners Associations within a 1-mile radius (including Turnberry Ridge, Glenshire II, Ironwood, and Trails at Brittany) to develop an engagement plan to address livability issues impacting the area. Concerns were brought to […]


Township, City Launch New Partner Program, CU@Work

CU @ Work, a new litter cleanup program serving the City of Champaign was launched on August 23. This program is a partnership between the City of Champaign Township, the City of Champaign, and CU @ Home, a local homeless service provider. The City of Champaign Township is providing program administration and funding resources, the […]


Home Accessibility Retrofit Program Aids Two Households

Recently, air conditioning units failed in two households in which occupants had respiratory conditions requiring conditioned air. The units were old and beyond repair, and the homeowners could not afford to replace them. City staff was able to assist by replacing the air conditioning units through the Home Accessibility Retrofit Program. This program is available […]


Who Is Responsible for Graffiti Abatement in Champaign?

Graffiti is unsightly vandalism that, left unattended, sends the signal that nobody cares, often attracting other forms of criminal mischief.  It can also decrease a resident’s feeling of safety in their neighborhood. Research indicates the most effective way to prevent graffiti is to report it and remove it promptly. When graffiti appears on publicly owned […]


City Removes Hazardous Tree

On August 9, 2018, a Neighborhood Services Department inspector observed a huge section had broken off a tree located at 1515 Holly Hill in the Garden Hills neighborhood.  The City of Champaign had acquired a Judicial Deed to the property in 2015 through a code compliance legal process and demolished the residential structure in 2016. […]


Relocation Assistance Letters Sent to Former Bristol Place Tenants

At the beginning of August 2018, former Bristol Place rental tenants received an update via letter from the Neighborhood Services Department. The letter included reminder information about relocation assistance, including the number of remaining relocation payments to be received, as well as the date when payments will end.  Recipients were encouraged to contact Jean Algee […]