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Month: June 2020

The Housing Authority of Champaign County strives to be an active member within the community and help meet the needs of the people we serve. HACC is an organization devoted to helping low-income households access quality living environments and realize their full potential. As one of only 39 Moving-to-Work designated public housing authorities in the country, HACC is also committed to providing innovative programming and wraparound services to increase self-sufficiency and opportunities among our clients.
Therefore, we are excited to announce that on Thursday, June 25, 2020, our agency was awarded a $12,000 Connected Communities DCEO grant allowing HACC to expand our services to include broadband guidance and support. We understand that in the 21st century having broadband access is essential. Especially as we continue to struggle as a community against coronavirus, and a greater portion of work and learning takes place online, it is vital that we ensure equitable digital resources in our community.
By enlisting the assistance of our partners throughout the community, we will be able to further modernize the support we offer to our clients in Champaign County and boost them toward thriving in today’s world.

Bristol Place Residences Waiting List Opening Soon

Public Notice is hereby given that Crestline Management will open the waitlist for the Bristol Place Residences Property. This development is a public/private partnership between the City of Champaign, The Housing Authority of Champaign County, and AHDVS, a For Profit Developer.

Preliminary applications will be accepted for one day only on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 from

12:01 a.m. – 11:59 p.m.

 

*Bristol Place Relocated Residents Only:  Previous residents of Bristol Place have the “First Right of Return” to the new development.  If you were a resident who was relocated as a part of the Bristol Place Relocation, you do not need to apply through this application process. If you have questions or wish to live in the new development, please contact any of the following: Crestline Management, Joya Taylor 217-693-7673; City of Champaign, Jean Algee at 217-403-7070; or HACC, Office of Constituent Services at concerns@hacc.netFirst Right of Return will have priority over other applicants until all units are occupied.  Once the development is fully occupied, the First Right of Return is null and void.

For all other applicants interested in Bristol Place Residences please see below on how to apply:

Required Information

·         A valid mailing address

·         Names & birthdates of all household members

·         Household gross income

How to Apply

·         Visit www.hacc.net

·         Select “Housing” on navigation bar

·         Select “Apply for Housing”

Reasonable Accommodations

If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability that prevents you from participating in our application process, please submit an email to Joya Taylor with Crestline Management at

leasing@bristolplaceresidences.com

or

217-693-7673 or 217-954-1098

Inquiries

For inquiries regarding this waitlist notice, please contact Joya Taylor at

leasing@bristolplaceresidences.com

or

217-693-7673 or 217-954-1098

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For More Information Contact:

Ashley Short, Executive Assistant

217-378-7100 Ext. 5028

ashleys@hacc.net

THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF CHAMPAIGN COUNTY RECEIVED 5 AWARDS OF MERIT FOR CLIENT PROGRAMS

Champaign, IL. June 10, 2020. The Housing Authority of Champaign County is committed to improving the lives of the clients we serve and the community as a whole. As a Moving to Work (MTW) Agency, our primary mission is to create quality living environments as a foundation for individuals to achieve their full potential, and we have a fundamental belief in “service above all else.” In 2018, HACC conducted a detailed survey of our clients, community partners, and employees. The purpose of these surveys was to establish a detailed needs assessment, develop a plan to fill gaps in service provision, and improve our overall relationship with our clients and the community.  As a result, several client programs were developed and implemented.

On June 8, 2020 HACC received 5 Awards of Merit from the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) for the following client-based programs:  A Princess Night Out, Affordable Housing Panel Discussions, the Creation of the HACC Enrichment Foundation, the Employee Engagement Initiatives, and the Re-entry Transitional Housing Program.

“The NAHRO Agency Awards Program was developed to give national recognition to agencies that represent the best in housing and community development. Despite all the unrest that is going on in our country, this news comes at the perfect time. The work that HACC’s team put into improving our community last year exemplifies our mission of providing service above all else to our Champaign County” – David A. Northern, Sr., Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

In addition to receiving an Award of Merit, the Re-entry Transitional Housing Program is also being considered for the more distinguished accolade, the Award of Excellence.  NAHRO has specifically identified our Re-entry Transitional Housing Program as being unique and highly innovative in meeting the needs of our clients and the community. Programs considered to be among the top tier in service, innovation, and achievement are chosen to compete at a higher level for the Award of Excellence, and awardees will be notified at a later date.

The Champaign County Re-entry Council identified housing as the key issue impacting the success of individuals returning from prison. In order to prevent homelessness and reduce recidivism, HACC partnered with two local non-profits, FirstFollowers and WIN Recovery, to provide a Re-entry Transitional Housing Program for individuals returning to the community from incarceration. HACC provided two transitional houses with operating subsidies to create a safe, stable living environment for re-entry clients.  The non-profits provide case management and other support services to help them rebuild their lives.  Upon successful completion of the program, clients will become eligible for the MTW Housing Choice Voucher Program.

HACC is extremely honored to receive this special recognition from such a prominent and outstanding member organization as NAHRO. It is a unique privilege for one of our programs to be considered for the Award of Excellence. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, community partners, donors, and vendors for helping us create these programs. We are truly committed to providing effective innovative programming to help increase the self-sufficiency of our clients. We look forward to collaborating with more of our community partners to develop opportunities for the advancement of our most vulnerable and underserved populations.

For emergency COVID -19 related updates, please visit us at: https://hacc.net/emergency-updates-covid-19/.

For social media updates, please visit us on Facebook at: Housing Authority of Champaign County, Housing Authority of Champaign County Enrichment Foundation, Housing Authority of Champaign County YouthBuild.

For more information visit www.hacc.net and for questions/concerns, please contact: concerns@hacc.net or 217-378-7100 ext. 5001.

June 3, 2020
HACC Statement on the Death of George Floyd
The Housing Authority of Champaign County joins our nation and our local community in mourning the murder of George Floyd at the hands of officers in the Minneapolis Police Department. Unfortunately, this horrific event was only a recent instance in a long history of acts of systemic violence and oppression faced by people of color in America, and which too often have been carried out with impunity. We share the grief, frustration, and anger that many are feeling right now. However, we find inspiration in the countless numbers in our community and elsewhere who in recent days have peacefully demonstrated to demand justice, and who have refused to accept these acts of violence as normal and dare to dream of a world in which they are not.
As an organization, we believe all members of our community should be able to access quality living environments and realize their full potential, regardless of skin color. The ongoing struggle against racism and oppression is an obstacle we must face in working towards these goals. As Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” We stand with those around the country marching against injustice.
HACC will continue to pursue our organizational goals of building a better Champaign County, moving forward together, and creating quality living environments. We will do so with a steadfast commitment to responsiveness, accountability, and justice in government service provision. Though we will continue to grieve, we have faith that by listening and working together as a community, a better world can be made possible.
#BuildingABetterChampaignCounty
Best regards,
David A. Northern, Sr.
Executive Director/CEO