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Owners of newest Habitat homes look to the future

URBANA – One year ago, Crystal Brown was battling raw sewage that flooded her apartment, ruining most of her worldly possessions.

On Thursday she broke ground on her own home, something she never dreamed of during a tumultuous childhood on the west side of Chicago.

Salt and Light food distribution ends early after food runs out

CHAMPAIGN – Salt and Light Ministry had to close its doors early on Wednesday because it completely ran out of food.

Salt and Light Ministry Assistant Melany Jackson said the organization's food distribution program, which usually runs from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, shut down at 3:20 p.m.

Jackson said 400 families came in to collect food.

With bus pass, mobility becomes possibility

This report is part of a joint project of The News-Gazette and the University of Illinois Department of Journalism, in an ongoing examination of poverty and its related issues in Champaign County.

Affordable-housing program to put emphasis on rent assistance

URBANA – A local program to promote affordable housing for low-income households will have greater emphasis on rental assistance for the coming year.

John Schneider, community development grants manager for Urbana, said many comments during a series of hearings and Urbana neighborhood meetings reflected a need for help with rent costs.

Safe Haven to seek shelter for 'sweat equity'

CHAMPAIGN – A group of local homeless people will again be seeking shelter.

Sentencing delayed in case of landlord

Sentencing has been postponed until June 2 for a Champaign County landlord convicted of renting a condemned apartment.

Judge Richard Klaus granted a motion by Bernard Ramos requesting a continuance.

Ramos, 36, was found guilty of criminal housing management March 3 for renting an apartment with health and safety hazards at 709 W. Church St., C.

Proposals for 2010 round of grants now being accepted

The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is accepting letters of intent for the 2010 Community Foundation Marajen Stevick Foundation grants.

Mom of five optimistic about fighting to get out of poverty

By WILL ATWATER

For The News-Gazette

The sound of explosives and automatic machine gun fire spilling from the TV doesn't seem to bother a snoring 2-year-old D'aizit, who sleeps at one end of the couch.

Landlord due back in court for case over sewage at apartment complex

URBANA — A Champaign County landlord who was convicted Wednesday of renting out a condemned apartment was in court again Thursday on charges that raw sewage is overflowing at his apartment complex near Rantoul.

Bernard Ramos, 36, was found guilty in a bench trial of criminal housing management Wednesday for renting an apartment with health and safety hazards at 709 W. Church St., C.