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Champaign, IL. September 15, 2020. The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is excited to announce that our agency has been designated as an “Envision Center” by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Envision Center is committed to empowering households to self-sufficiency by providing services to meet the four pillars: economic empowerment, educational advancement, health,Th and wellness, as well as character and leadership.

“Challenges already existed in our community, and the coronavirus pandemic just created more hurdles,” said David A. Northern Sr., Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Housing Authority of Champaign County. “We are committed to identifying resources and making them available to Champaign residents on a more far-reaching and consistent basis.”

Given this new designation,  HACC is fully prepared to establish its presence in the community as a partner not only in housing advancement, but also as research-based pillars of self-sufficiency in education, career advancement, and leadership. The Envision Center designation does not have any federal funding attached to it; however, the program is part of HUD’s new initiative to provide additional support to economically disadvantaged clients and insecure housing communities. To learn more about the HACC Envision Center, please visit our website at www.hacc.net

About the Housing Authority of Champaign County: The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is a municipal corporation organized pursuant to the Illinois Housing Authority Act. The jurisdiction of HACC includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of the county of Champaign, Illinois.  In 2010, HACC became one of only 39 public housing authorities in the country to be designated as a Moving to Work (MTW) Agency. Today, HACC has had extensive development and management experience and developed over $100 million dollars of new affordable housing through mixed financing methods. In addition, HACC has administered over 1,200 tenant-based vouchers, a homeownership program, and a rental assistance program for homeless veterans. HACC also administers a multitude of resident support and service programs under various HUD and non-HUD grants.

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, and 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

For More Information Contact:

Ashley Short, Executive Assistant

217-378-7100 Ext. 5028

ashleys@hacc.net

 

HACC AWARDED HUD IMPLEMENTS THREE NEW MTW ACTIVITIES

 

Champaign, IL. September 11, 2020. The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) is one of 39 Moving to Work (MTW) housing authorities in the country. This designation provides HACC the flexibility to design and test innovative, locally designed programs to better serve and house residents while simultaneously meeting the needs of the community. Therefore, HACC is excited to announce newly implemented MTW activities that will strengthen community partnerships, provide housing options for clients pursuing higher education, and offer services to prepare rental residents for homeownership.

HACC is partnering with the University of Illinois to administer an Illinois Commitment Student Voucher Program. Illinois Commitment is a financial aid package that provides scholarships and grants to cover tuition and campus fees at the University of Illinois for students who are Illinois residents age 17 to 24 and have a family income of $61,000 or less. Illinois Commitment covers tuition and campus fees for new freshmen for up to four years, eight semesters of continuous enrollment, and tuition and campus fees for up to three years, six semesters of continuous enrollment for new transfer students. However, Illinois Commitment does not cover room and board.

Therefore, the Housing Authority of Champaign County will offer Student Vouchers to members of HACC assisted households who are compliant with HACC’s MTW Local Self-Sufficiency program; have been approved for admission at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; and are receiving assistance under Illinois Commitment. The Student Voucher will cover the full cost of on-campus housing during the time the student is actively enrolled at the UIUC campus as a full-time student and maintains a passing grade point average.

HACC is also continuing to strengthen its community partnerships through the Community Improvement and Support Initiative. HACC previously owned and operated 16 Single Family Scattered Site Homes under the traditional Public Housing Program. These units were removed from the Public Housing portfolio in December 2018 through the “de minimis” authority under the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Program. Although two of the properties were acquired by the City of Champaign and demolished, upon working with community partners, it was determined that the remaining houses could be repurposed for use by local non-profit organizations to provide services or raise funds that benefit HACC program recipients or other low-income households in Champaign County.

As a result, two of the units are currently being used by FirstFollowers and WIN Recovery to provide reentry services through the Re-Entry Transitional Housing Program activity. One unit will serve as a rental home for Carle Foundation Hospital’s New Beginnings Program which provides supportive care and services directly to families in the program. HACC will continue to work with community organizations to identify uses for the remaining houses that directly benefit HACC program participants.

Another priority for HACC is expanding housing choices by making homeownership opportunities available to existing rental households. The Illinois Housing Development Authority Qualified Allocation Plan enables Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) units to convert to homeownership at the end of the initial 15-year compliance period. Through the Good Steward Lease Purchase Program, HACC will work with residents living in LIHTC rental properties during the initial tax credit compliance period to prepare residents for homeownership.  After the end of the eight-year rental phrase, residents will have the opportunity to convert their tenancy to a lease purchase arrangement beginning in year nine. Upon determination of eligibility for the program, households will receive financial literacy and credit repair classes, homeownership counseling and training and earn Good Steward credits of $500 each calendar quarter towards the purchase of the housing unit they occupy as long as they remain compliant with all program requirements.

It is the Housing Authority of Champaign County’s primary mission 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.” Through these new activities, we are able to assist our clients and the members of the community collectively. To learn more about our “Move to Work” Annual Plan, please visit our website.

Our Housing Choice Voucher program provides assistance to over 1,100 individuals and families. HACC’s housing portfolio includes 338 Rental-Assistance-Demonstration (RAD) units and 469 units of Low-income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) affordable housing.

 

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.

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 TO RECEIVE

RE-ENTRY RENTAL HOUSING SUPPORT DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM GRANT

  

  

Champaign, IL. July 20, 2020. The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACC) will receive $487,674 in support to fund 15 units in Champaign County to help participants transition back into the community.  This partnership was created by the Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), and the Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) to announce the launch of the Re-Entry Rental Housing Support Demonstration Program. This program is an interagency initiative design to meet the housing needs of individuals exiting IDOC facilities. Under the new program, IHDA has entered into funding agreements with four local administering agencies (LAA) who will deploy $3 million in grant funding over 3 years to support housing placement and ongoing rental subsidies for 75 eligible participants specifically referred by IDOC’s new Reentry Division. With the launch of the program, the IDOC may begin making referrals to the participating LAAs to connect individuals with available rental units in their community.

 

It allows them to get their foot in the door, and if they’re able to secure a place to live, if they’re able to be with their families and be in a community, it makes it a little bit easier for them to succeed.” — David A. Northern Sr. Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer at the Housing Authority of Champaign County.

 

Individuals eligible for IDOC referral to the Re-Entry Rental Housing Support Demonstration Program are seniors (ages 55 and over), those with disabilities, and those ages 35 and over with additional consideration given to individuals who have completed or enrolled in post-secondary educational programming. Potential participants will have also completed in-depth pre-release programming. After the referrals, participating LAAs will coordinate with local landlords to secure stable housing and will administer rental assistance payments for tenants who will be released on parole directly into a Re-Entry program apartment.

 

The Re-Entry program was developed under guidance from the Justice, Equity, and Opportunity Initiative led by the Lt. Governor’s office. Through coordination across state agencies and advocates, the program aims to support positive reentry outcomes to reduce recidivism by helping formerly incarcerated individuals find and maintain stable housing. The rental assistance under this pilot initiative is funded through the state’s Rental Housing Support program, which receives its funding from a real estate document recording fee collected at the county level. An additional grant, secured on behalf of the program by New York University (NYU), will support the provision of basic housewares and home furnishings for program participants. Program partners are also actively pursuing philanthropic support for data analysis and an evaluation of program efficacy by measuring outcomes of individuals who are connected to housing and services.

 

  

About the Housing Authority of Champaign County: The Housing Authority of Champaign County (HACCA) is a municipal corporation organized pursuant to the Illinois Housing Authority Act. The jurisdiction of HACC includes all incorporated and unincorporated areas of the County of Champaign, Illinois.  In 2010, HACC became one of only 39 Public Housing Authorities in the country to be designated as a Moving to Work (MTW) Agency. Today, HACC has extensive development and management experience having developed over $100 million dollars of the new affordable housing through mixed financing methods, in addition to administering over 1,200 tenant-based vouchers; a homeownership program; and a rental assistance program for homeless veterans. HACC also administers a multitude of resident support and service programs under various HUD and non-HUD grants. 

 

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.

 

Public Notice is hereby given that the Housing Authority of Champaign County will open the waitlist for the Haven at Market Place (Court). The Haven Court is a 3-story building serving individuals ages 55 years and older. This development is a public/private partnership between The Housing Authority of Champaign County, and Brinshore Development a For Profit Developer.

Preliminary applications will be accepted for on Monday, July 6, 2020 12:01 a.m. – Friday, July 10, 2020 11:59 p.m.

*Skelton Place Relocated Residents Only:  Previous residents of Skelton Place have the “First Right of Return” to the new development.  If you were a resident who was relocated as a part of the Skelton 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 the following:  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 Haven Court 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

 

Due to social distancing we do require a written or emailed statement requesting assistance for the preliminary application process.  In your statement please be sure to include contact information. Staff from HACC will contact you regarding an appointment for you to come in. Please note, the date stamped by HACC of the initial request will be used for entering the information.  No request can be made prior to the opening of the wait list

 

 

 

Inquiries

 

For inquiries regarding this waitlist notice, please contact Robyn Dodd at

 

 

robynd@hacc.net

 

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

PUBLIC NOTICE:

The Housing Authority of Champaign County’s

April Board of Commissioner’s Meeting

Will be held:

Thursday, April 23, 2020 |   3:00 pm

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