Items tagged: neighborhood services

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 […]


CommYOUnity: It Takes You To Make It Work! Block Party

On July 28, 2022, the Neighborhood Services Department hosted a neighborhood based CommYOUnity block party at Town Center Apartments. More than 100 neighbors enjoyed an evening of food and games, as well music provided by DJ Silkee. Resource and information vendors included representatives from the Community Violence Response Team, the Trauma and Resilience Initiative, and […]


New Mayor Feinen Podcast Discusses the Hedge Pop! Park

Mayor Feinen talks with Senior Planner Lacey Rains Lowe and Neighborhood Relations Manager John Ruffin about what went into getting the Hedge Pop! Park up and running. The temporary park is the pilot project for the Safe Places, Active Spaces initiative, providing an exciting new neighborhood amenity to our Garden Hills neighbors. At the intersection […]


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. […]


Lovin’ U Tour Stops in Downtown Champaign

On August 19, 2021, the Neighborhood Services Department, Office of Equity, Community and Human Rights, and the Community Coalition partnered with Hip-Hop Express to host a Lovin’ U Block party/concert in Downtown Champaign. The Downtown Lovin’ U tour event was held from 9-11 pm in the heart of Champaign. Event participants were treated to hip […]


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 […]


Campus Move In-Out Cleanliness

The City of Champaign’s Neighborhood Code Compliance Staff will increase enforcement in the campus area from August 10th through September 4th in an attempt to prevent large accumulations of trash and overflowing dumpsters. Property owners will receive notices giving them short response times in which to remove accumulations of trash. If the trash remains after […]


Hundreds Gather Around the STAR Longest Table

The first Champaign STAR Longest Table event was held on Monday, August 12, at the City View Banquet & Meeting Center in the Illinois Terminal building.  Although the event was previously scheduled as an outdoor event, it was moved inside due to inclement weather. 235 people pre-registered online, and even the threat of thunderstorms could […]


Four Workshops Held for Garden Hills SLEEP

Champaign’s Neighborhood Services Department, along with the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission, and Ameren Illinois, hosted four Garden Hills SLEEP Workshops over the last month. Workshops were held on June 12 at Arrowhead Lanes, June 13 at Developmental Services Center, July 11 at Illinois workNet and July 13, 2019, at Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church.  […]