Category: Neighborhood Services Department News

Neighborhood Ambassadors Ready to Serve the Champaign Community

The City of Champaign is pleased to announce that starting today, May 26, 2022, the City’s new team of Neighborhood Ambassadors will be out engaging with and assisting Champaign’s residents and visitors. The program consists of four Neighborhood Ambassadors and one Neighborhood Ambassador Supervisor who will work proactively to assist residents, share information, and serve […]


Fire Damaged Property Demolished by Owner

A fire damaged a house in late January beyond repair. A Property Maintenance Inspector issued a notice to the owner that the property was Condemned for Occupancy and needed to be demolished. The owner stated that he was getting bids for the demolition of the structures. Several weeks passed without activity at the property. The […]


Hedge Road Cleanup and Canvassing

The Neighborhood Services Department completed a cleanup along the north side of Hedge Road on May 17, 2022, in preparation of the flower planting coming in the near future under the leadership of the Planning and Development Department. Fifteen neighbors and staff participated and deposited two small pickup truck loads of debris at Public Works. […]


North Prospect Cleanup a Success!

Keep Champaign Beautiful coordinated another cleanup in two areas of town on May 4, 2022. The first location was along Boardwalk, south of Interstate Drive. The second was further down Interstate Drive between Neil & Prospect. Approximately ten volunteers participated in the cleanup, including five volunteers from Meijer. Public Works also assisted with the effort. […]


Minor Home Repair Program

The City of Champaign Minor Home Repair Program provides assistance to eligible homeowners to correct housing deficiencies of an immediate nature which threaten the health and/or safety of the occupants of the home or the structural integrity of the building. Eligible repairs include but are not limited to repair or replacement of an actively leaking […]


The Urbana Home Consortium Seeks Community Input on Use of HOME-ARP Funds

The Urbana HOME Consortium (which comprises the City of Champaign, the City of Urbana, and Champaign County Regional Planning Commission) has received $2.97 million in one-time funding from the federal HOME-ARP program “to assist individuals or households who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, and other vulnerable populations, by providing housing, rental assistance, supportive services, […]


Neighborhood Services Supports Earth Day Cleanup Event on Campus

Neighborhood Services Supports Earth Day Cleanup Event on Campus On April 22, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department assisted Armory House students with their Earth Day Cleanup event. The students were motivated to host a cleanup event after hearing about the Keep Champaign Beautiful North Prospect clean up, on Boneyard Creek Community Day. Neighborhood Ambassador Supervisor […]


Neighborhood Services Hosts Job Shadowing Student

On April 20, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department hosted a job shadowing student from Unity High School. The student was able to ask questions and Kerri Wiman (Neighborhood Services Director), Jaqueline Kalipeni (Neighborhood Ambassador Supervisor), and Joshua Weddle (Administrative Assistant) were able to provide insightful answers. One of the questions she asked was how each […]


Neighborhood Services Hosts Contractor Informational Meeting

On April 19th, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department hosted over 30 contractors at the Champaign Public Library for the 2022 Contractor Informational Meeting. The meeting’s primary goal was to share information about contracting opportunities with the City’s housing rehab programs, including the Modified Garden Hills SLEEP Program. Additionally, contractors received information on how to register […]


City of Champaign Partners with Down Payment Assistance Programs

The IllinoisAssist program offers homebuyers a 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage and a three to seven percent cash grant based on the size of the loan for down payment and closing costs. The Illinois Housing Development Agency (IHDA) offers three mortgage products up to $10,000 under the IHDAccess programs. Each product offers down payment, closing cost assistance […]