Items tagged: neighborhood services

New Episode of Champaign Spotlight features Rob Kowalski

Dive into the latest episode of Champaign Spotlight, where we sit down with Neighborhood Services Director Rob Kowalski. Communications Manager Jeff Hamilton first talks with Rob about his background and what kept him in Champaign after attending the University of Illinois. Then we dig in to learn more about the pivotal role the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) […]

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 […]

Neighborhood Services Department Submits CAPER to HUD

On September 28, 2023, Neighborhood Services staff submitted the FY 2022-23 Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CAPER summarizes the progress the City made in carrying out its strategic plan outlined in its 5-year Consolidated Plan, including accomplishments, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) resources […]

HOA Improves Curb Appeal Along Section of Bradley Avenue

On July 8 and 9, 2023, the neighbors of the Sawgrass HOA completed clean up and mulching of trees in their commons area along Bradley Avenue. This project was completed utilizing small grant funds as part of Neighborhood Services’ 43:43:43 neighborhood engagement campaign. The campaign encourages the City’s registered neighborhood groups to complete neighborhood engagement […]

Neighborhood Services Hosts Quarterly CommUnity Matters Meeting

Neighborhood Programs staff met with representatives from Champaign Park District, Unit 4, and Don Moyer Boys and Girls Club on July 11, 2023, for the first Quarterly Meeting of FY 2023-24. These agencies shared information on their active summer youth programming, such as success and areas for opportunity, upcoming events, and emerging issues amongst the […]

City Staff Attends Damage Assessment Training

Staff from the Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) and the Building Safety Division (BSD) participated in Damage Assessment Training presented by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). Staff from other area government agencies including the University of Illinois and Champaign County attended the training as well. Due to recent staff turnover in both NSD and BSD, […]

Code Compliance Division Tours Idea Garden

The Code Compliance Division of the Neighborhood Services Department recently toured the Idea Garden at the University of Illinois Arboretum. The inspectors attended to become more familiar with some common alternative vegetation. There is an area in front of the main garden that has some examples of alternative vegetation that is appropriate for planting in […]

Neighborhood Services Department Celebrates 30 Years

The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) was created in 1992 to address neighborhood needs by utilizing the City’s Neighborhood Wellness Action Plan, coordinating neighborhood-based City services, and taking the lead on public information and citizen participation activities. The Department provides services and programs that directly contribute to healthy, thriving neighborhoods. NSD is comprised of three unique […]

City Partners with Habitat for Humanity to Host Home Maintenance Workshop

On October 17, 2022, Rehabilitation Technician Dan Gaskin (Neighborhood Services Department) presented Home Ownership 101, a home maintenance workshop, in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Nineteen people attended the free, online workshop. The presentation consisted of maintenance tips for homeowners, including visual checks inside and outside the home, replacing furnace filters, smoke and carbon monoxide […]

Mayor and City Staff Attend Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication

City staff recently attended the dedication of the Habitat for Humanity home for the Hull family. At the event, Mayor Feinen spoke about the City’s longstanding relationship with Habitat for Humanity. The City has provided buildable lots through donation and most recently through the City’s lot disposition program. City staff have also been fortunate to participate […]