The City of Champaign receives federal funding for housing and community development activities. Over the next 30 days, the City seeks your input. A public hearing will be held on February 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm in Council Chambers, 102 North Neil Street, during the Neighborhood Services Advisory Board meeting. This will allow the City to consider feedback prior to amending the FY 2018/19 Annual Action Plan and the Neighborhood Programs Manual. These amended documents and the associated programs will then be considered for approval at the City Council meeting on February 19, 2019 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers, 102 North Neil Street. See below for more description:
*NEW PROGRAM* Garden Hills SLEEP Program
(Safety Lighting and Energy Efficiency Program)
* Focuses on making improvements related to safety and energy efficiency.
* Eligible items include windows, exterior yard pole and entry point lights, door locks, window locks, landscape improvements, view finders and house numbers.
* Benefits people (homeowners and renters) that live in the Garden Hills neighborhood and area south of Garden Hills bordered by Bradley Avenue, Kraft, McKinley Avenue and County Material Corporation and Brick.
* Carried out in collaboration with Ameren and Champaign County Regional Planning Commission.
* Proposing a total one-time commitment of $100,389 (federal funds) and $21,389 (Act on Energy Incentive.
* RFP for construction costs related to homeless shelters.
* RFP to be announced in May 2019.
* Proposing a total one-time commitment of $35,000.
Changes to current programs
* Minor Home Repair Program
o Increase maximum assistance to $11,000 for roofs, foundation, and sewers.
o Increase funding by $8,881.
* Residential Exterior Rehabilitation Program
o Add additional areas of Southwood, Holiday Park, Kenwood Neighborhoods (known as Planning Areas 14 and 15).
* Home Accessibility Retrofit Program
o Increase funding by $3,037.
o Provide $209,076 to the Bradley and McKinley sidewalk project.
* Program Administration
o Correct the current federal budget to accurately reflect the full amount of available funds for administration ($166,447).
For more details on the September Study Session, visit here.
Neighborhood Programs Division
The Neighborhood Programs Division is responsible for developing and managing programs to address neighborhood needs, including rental and home ownership programs, neighborhood plan implementation, and public service activities. The Division administers a variety of Federal, State and local funds to support these programs and activities.
The completed Neighborhood Plan includes four parts: an existing conditions analysis; vision, goals, objectives; land use plan and implementation recommendations. The existing conditions analysis was completed in 2009. The plan provides guidance to the City on the Bristol Place redevelopment and other actions to improve the neighborhood.
The CommUnity Matters model is now expanding to other areas to address issues identified by neighborhood residents and associations, frequently involving youth, in the City’s targeted neighborhoods.
This initiative is a partnership with substantial funding from the Community Development Block Grant and Urban Renewal funds at the City of Champaign, as well as significant in-kind staffing and resource contributions from the partner agencies.
Community Matters Partners
Community Reinvestment Group (CRG)
- The group, comprised of banks, local government and nonprofit housing providers. Meets the second Wednesday of each month at the Parkland Business Development Center.
Council of Service Providers to the Homeless (CSPH)
- CSPH is a local organization that works to provide quality community care to individuals who are homeless in the Champaign-Urbana area. CSPH convenes monthly to discuss the needs of the variety of agencies, provide support across agency lines, and to work together to help the homeless population. Together this council unites a number of organizations in helping the local homeless.
The Neighborhood Programs Manual is required by the Champaign Municipal Code to be updated, at a minimum, every five years. The Manual provides a description of the available programs, eligibility requirements, general terms and conditions, types of assistance (grant vs. loan), security and subordination guidelines, and processing procedures.
The Consolidated Plan is a five-year plan that identifies strategies and resources that are available to meet affordable housing and community development objectives within the City.
Annual Action Plan
The Annual Action Plan is a yearly document required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that accompanies the Consolidated Plan. This document provides information on the City’s allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Home Investment Partnership Program (HOME) funds.
- FY 2015-16 Annual Action Plan – see 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan
- FY 2016-17 Annual Action Plan
- FY 2017-18 Annual Action Plan
- FY 2018-19 Annual Action Plan
- FY 2018-19 Proposed Annual Action Plan Amendment
- FY 2019-2020 Draft Annual Action Plan
Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER)
The CAPER summarizes the progress the City made in carrying out its strategic plan outlined in its Consolidated Plan including accomplishments, resources available, persons assisted, and other actions. Information is provided for the past fiscal year and what goals and objectives were met from the Annual Action Plan.