Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

City of Champaign Announces Dates for Lovin’ U Block Parties

The City of Champaign is pleased to announce the Lovin’ U Campaign of block parties and community engagement events starting August 2 and lasting through September 1, 2021. The Lovin’ U Campaign is being put on by the City’s Neighborhood Services Department in partnership with the Champaign County Community Coalition and the Hip-Hop Xpress. Each […]


Mayor and City Staff Attend Country Brook Cookout

On Wednesday, July 14 the Neighborhood Services Department hosted its first block party of the summer for the residents of Country Brook Apartments. NSD partnered with the Country Brook Cares neighborhood group to organize the block party with neighborhood residents. The goal of the event was to promote community solidarity and unity in response to […]


City Participates in Child Tax Credit Awareness Day

June 21, 2021, was declared Child Tax Credit Awareness Day by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs in an effort to encourage families to sign up for child tax credit benefits. Neighborhood Services pushed out several social media posts encouraging families to sign up for the program and will continue to post periodically through […]


Neighborhood Small Grant Program Helping to Keep Children Safe

Residents in the Martin Luther King (MLK) Subdivision had concerns about motorists speeding in the area and contacted the City for ways to help mediate speeding, especially when children are playing outside. MLK neighborhood group leaders consulted with Neighborhood Services and Public Works to determine what types of signs to use and how they might […]


Home Consortium to Receive Special Funding Allocation

On May 3, the Urbana Home Consortium, which includes the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana and Champaign County, received notification of a special allocation of funding through HUD’s HOME Investment Partnerships Program-American Rescue Plan (HOME ARP). This one-time funding of $2.9 million will create a significant opportunity to meet the housing and service […]


Neighborhood Leaders Hosts Monthly Virtual Meeting

On May 5, Neighborhood Services hosted another virtual neighborhood leaders meeting. Deputy Police Chief Matt Henson provided an update on the Police response to gun incidents, and Jamie Vermillion from Public Works highlighted the City’s Adopt A Drain program. Twenty neighbors representing 15 registered neighborhood groups were in attendance. NSD staff continue to encourage group […]


CU at Home Pausing Operations

CU at Home recently announced that they were pausing their operations, and on May 12 temporarily closed their shelter for our community’s residents without an address that are not currently enrolled in the C-19 Shelter to Housing Voucher Program. The pause in services is due to a significant staffing shortage. Both the building and the […]


2613 West Kirby Case Update

Due to outstanding code violations including boarded doors and windows, the property at 2613 W Kirby Ave. became subject to the requirements of the vacant nuisance residential buildings ordinance. Failure of the property owner to comply with the ordinance requirements resulted in the case being forwarded to the City Legal Department for litigation. Now-retired Property […]


North Prospect Volunteer Cleanup Event

On May 13, a group of volunteers organized by Michael Chrasta of the non-profit organization The Vine and the Fig Tree performed a litter clean up in the North Prospect area. Volunteers from Youth Build and Meijer participated in the cleanup through morning and afternoon shifts. Twenty-nine 30-gallon bags of litter were removed from the […]


COVID Relief Funding – Partner Profile and Update CU TRI

The City funded CU Trauma and Resiliency Initiative (CU TRI) with $60,000 in COVID Relief funds to initiate trauma response and crime prevention programs. Thus far CU TRI has recruited a total of 12 individuals who have agreed to attend the training and play an active role in their “Healing Neighborhoods” project. They identified 2 […]