Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Tips to Protect Your Home and Stay Warm During Frigid Temperatures

With frigid temperatures settling into Central Illinois for the next week, the City of Champaign reminds residents and landlords to take proactive measures to protect your homes and stay warm during this long period of forecasted freezing temperatures: Replace the air filter in your furnace to help it run as efficiently as possible. Consider adding […]


Vacant Lot Disposition Program Creates Opportunity for Unique Affordable Housing Options

The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) Programs Division administers the vacant lot disposition program on behalf of the City. A key goal of the program is to identify suitable reuse options for vacant City-owned lots throughout Champaign. In some instances, lot size and location reduce a lot’s desirability and development possibilities. These situations call for innovative […]


City Provides CDBG COVID Relief Funds to Support Those in Need

The United Way was awarded $58,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) COVID Relief funds to support their CU Better Together Initiative. CU Better together is a collaboration of organizations whose goal is to support families with school aged children by reducing food insecurity during COVID19. Meals are provided to families in need and distributed […]


COVID-19 Relief Grant Update

The City’s COVID-19 relief programs have made a meaningful impact in the community. This past summer, the City received a special allocation of Community Development Block Grant funds through the federal CARES Act to be used to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. After a thorough analysis of needs and community collaboration, subrecipient agreements with five […]


Landlord Virtual Forum

On November 20, the Neighborhood Services Department – Coordination Division facilitated the “Landlords: Helping Tenants Access Rent Resource” virtual forum. The purpose of the forum was to educate landlords on available resources and encourage continued communication with tenants to ensure they know how to access the help they need. Staff from Champaign County Regional Planning […]


City Abatement

Two Administrative Search warrants were obtained by the Code Compliance Division of Neighborhood Service Department to clean up two properties that had been cited for refuse and unapproved outdoor storage. Neighbors had been concerned about properties for some time, and the owner has continued to not comply with notices of violation. The two properties are […]


City of Champaign Announces Small Business Incentive Program Awardees

Forty-eight Champaign Businesses Receive COVID Relief Grants The City of Champaign congratulates the 48 small local businesses who were recently awarded Small Business Incentive Program – COVID Relief grants from the City. In total, $520,000 in grant funds were awarded to support our valued small businesses and help save local jobs. The average grant award […]


NSD Neighborhood Leaders Meeting

On Wednesday October 7th, NSD hosted its monthly virtual neighborhood leaders meeting. The meeting participants included 26 leaders from groups throughout the City. Participants were treated to a conversation with Kandace Turner, University of Illinois Associate Director of Public Engagement. Ms. Turner shared an overview of the Shield Program implemented by the University to safely […]


NSD Hosts Virtual Neighborhood Leaders Meeting

The Neighborhood Services Department Coordination Division hosted its monthly virtual leaders meeting on Wednesday, August 5th.  The meeting provided an opportunity for the Champaign Police Department to share information regarding gun violence within the Champaign community.  It also provided an opportunity to share how neighborhood groups could assist in addressing this issue in a proactive […]


New Holiday Park Neighborhood Group Holds First All Call Neighborhood Meeting

The Neighborhood Services Department Coordination Division helped leaders of the Holiday Park Neighborhood Group host an all call neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  The group has organized around gunfire incidents in their area.  Community Coalition provided information on their monthly meetings and opportunities to engage with community members and service agencies around community […]