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.
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.
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.
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.
CHAMPAIGN – A group of local homeless people will again be seeking shelter.
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.
The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is accepting letters of intent for the 2010 Community Foundation Marajen Stevick Foundation grants.
By DUSTY RHODES
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.
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.