Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

City Accepting Pre-Applications for New Housing Repair Program

From March 25 through March 29, 2024, eligible Champaign homeowners can pre-apply for the City of Champaign’s new Vital Home Repair Program, which could pay for up to $60,000 of improvements to the resident’s home at no cost to the homeowner. The Vital Home Repair Program provides forgivable deferred payment loans to eligible applicants needing […]

2024 Champaign Neighborhood Network Conference

Registration is now open for the 2024 Champaign Neighborhood Network Conference (CNNC), scheduled for Friday, May 17, from 8:00 am -5:00 pm at the I-Hotel and Conference Center. The CNNC conference is geared towards Champaign’s registered neighborhood group leaders, their respective neighbors, and any community members interested in neighborhood organizing and engagement efforts. Workshop presenters […]

Code Compliance Update

The Code Compliance Division of the Neighborhood Services Department continued to receive a high number of tenant inspection requests and housing inspection cases in 2023.  This continues a trend that began in 2021.  Tenant inspection requests are requests for inspection from tenants in rental units.  Housing inspection cases include exterior structure complaints, fire damaged properties, […]

Trails at Brittany & Annual HOA Family Night

On January 16, 2024, the Trails at Brittany HOA combined a family night social event with their annual HOA meeting. This event was located at Jupiter’s at the crossing. This encouraged entire families to attend the meeting while enjoying pizza and games. Attendees received updates on HOA business, a safety presentation from Police, and engagement […]

Community Canvasing

On January 8, 2024, staff from the Equity and Engagement Department, aided by the Neighborhood Ambassadors, canvassed the area surrounding Colonial Plaza  following a gun violence incident the previous afternoon. Flyers were passed around to neighbors to inform them of the existence of the Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint and how the City can assist […]

Neighborhood Services Hosts the Quarterly Neighborhood Leaders Huddle

On December 16, 2023, Neighborhood Services held the Q4 Neighborhood Leaders Huddle. The quarterly huddles will take the place of the monthly neighborhood leaders meetings. The huddles help keep our neighbors abreast of upcoming events and projects, as well as community partner services and resources with presentations from staff and local community partner agencies. Neighbors […]

GHMC Neighborhood Group Hosted Luminaries and Caroling Event

On December 17, 2023, the Green Healey Mckinley Chicago (GHMC) neighborhood group hosted an evening of luminaries and caroling. The group used the City’s small grant program to cover the costs of luminary bags, sand, and candles.  Several neighbors filled the bags with sand and candles while others placed them along the sidewalks throughout the […]

Former O’Charley’s Property Cleanup

The Code Compliance Division responded to a complaint of tarps and refuse at the former O’Charley’s restaurant property.  The inspector found two people living outside of the building.  There was an accumulation of shopping carts, tarps, garbage, and other refuse.  A nuisance notice was issued to the owner of the property.  Neighborhood Services staff contacted […]