Items tagged: Neighborhood Services Department

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


North Prospect Cleanup

Keep Champaign Beautiful coordinated a cleanup along Interstate Drive on April 9, 2022, in conjunction with the Boneyard Creek Community Day cleanup event. Approximately 20 volunteers participated in the cleanup including volunteers from the Meijer store and the Ashland Park neighborhood. Public Works also assisted the effort. Approximately 50 bags of litter were collected. The […]


NSD Helps Spread the Word About METCAD 9-1-1 Career Opportunities

The Neighborhood Services Department (NSD) shared information on the Telecommunicator hiring process at METCAD 9-1-1 with 121 registered neighborhood group leaders. These leaders represent 44 registered groups consisting of thousands of Champaign households. Sharing information through our registered neighborhood groups is an easy way to get information to many residents quickly. City departments and community […]


Accessory Structure Demolition Program

The City of Champaign Accessory Structure Demolition Program assists eligible homeowners to demolish dilapidated accessory structures, like garages, sheds, decks and fences that are detached from the home. Funding for this program is provided by federal dollars the City of Champaign receives through the Community Development Block Grant program. Assistance is provided in the form […]


Equity and Engagement Department Guest Presenter at the Neighborhood Leader Meeting

On April 6, 2022, Tracy Parsons from the Equity and Engagement Department presented an overview of the City’s Community Gun Violence Reduction Blueprint at the Neighborhood Leaders Monthly Meeting. Tracy highlighted key activities of the Community Coalition and the Community Violence Response Team in response to violent incidents, as well outlining root causes of gun […]


City Seeks Public Input on FY 2022-23 Annual Action Plan

On March 15, 2022, the City published the Draft FY 2022-23 Annual Action Plan and opened the public comment period. The Annual Action Plan identifies goals and strategies for the City to undertake and achieve desired community development outcomes. These goals are accomplished by using federal allocations of Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment […]