Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

City departments mark National Community Development Week

The City of Champaign is proud to celebrate National Community Development Week from April 22-29. This weeklong celebration was designed to draw attention to the accomplishments of the programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), and the HOME Investment Partnership (HOME) programs. This annual event started in […]


Garden Hills SLEEP: New Program Seeks to Increase Safety in Champaign’s Garden Hills Community—While Also Making Its Homes More Energy Efficient

The Safety, Lighting, Energy Efficiency Program—coming in spring 2019—is a partnership between the RPC, Ameren Illinois, and the City of Champaign A safety and energy efficiency program designed to benefit homeowners and single-family renters is coming to Champaign’s Garden Hills community this spring. The Safety, Lighting, Energy Efficiency Program—or SLEEP—is a partnership between the Champaign […]


City Presents Home Maintenance Workshop

On Saturday, March 30, Rehabilitation Technician Joe Lewis presented a Home Maintenance Workshop as part of The Habitat for Humanity’s Money Smart Week program. The workshop was held at the Habitat Restore, 119 E. University, Champaign. The presentation consisted of maintenance tips for homeowners, including visual checks inside and outside the home, replacement of furnace […]


City Shares Information with Residents at DisABILITY Resource Expo

The Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights and the Neighborhood Services Department passed out information to residents at the DisABILITY Resource Expo on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at The Vineyard Church in Urbana. City staff and Human Relations Commissioners shared information about various City services and gave away lots of freebies to visitors!  The […]


City Completes Demolition of 306 N Fourth Street

A property on North Fourth Street has been demolished following a lengthy inspection and abatement process. In August 2015, the property owner’s failure to correct outstanding code violations resulted in the requirement to register the structure as a vacant nuisance residential building. Unfortunately, the property owner did not register the property or complete any rehabilitation […]


City Staff, Community Partners Attend Software Workshop

On March 14, staff from the Neighborhood Services Department attended a workshop hosted by ADVHS, the Bristol Place developer. Also in attendance were community and government partners including First Followers, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Housing Authority of Champaign County and Illinois WorkNet. The workshop introduced the ePRISM software platform and provided the opportunity for […]


City of Champaign Earns Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award Recognition

Keep Champaign Beautiful Program Recognized for Standard of Excellence The City of Champaign has been recognized with the 2018 President’s Circle Award by Keep America Beautiful, the nation’s prestigious community improvement organization.  The City received this honor at Keep America Beautiful’s National Conference February 6 – 8, 2019.  The President’s Circle Award recognizes Keep Champaign […]


City Departments Attend Joint Staff Workshop

On January 10 and 11, the Finance and Neighborhood Services departments attended a joint workshop for Franklin Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a personal leadership development and training program.  The two-day session was led by presenter Haydn Shaw, whose 27 years of experience as a workshop leader contributed to an insightful and interactive training […]


Property Maintenance Staff Provides Update on West Kirby Avenue Vacant Structure

Due to outstanding code violations including boarded doors and windows, a property on West Kirby Avenue became subject to the requirements of the vacant nuisance residential buildings ordinance.  Failure of the property owner to comply with the ordinance resulted in the case being forwarded to the City Legal Department for litigation.  As a result of […]


Code Compliance Staff Issues Condemnation of Uninhabitable Space

On February 7, 2019, Property Maintenance Inspectors Cliff Peete and Robert Simmons responded to a referral from the Champaign Fire Department due to observations made when responding to a call for service. During the property maintenance inspection, the property owner was present, and inspectors discovered there were no smoke or carbon monoxide detectors located inside […]