Homeless drop-in center up and running in Champaign
A new daytime drop-in center already in operation for homeless residents in Champaign will celebrate a grand opening in two weeks.
The Phoenix at the northwest corner of Neil and White in downtown Champaign opened two weeks ago. It's run by C-U at Home, an organization serving the homeless.
C-U at Home Executive Director Melany Jackson estimated the center has already hosted 50 residents.
In addition to providing services like games, computer access and art supplies, the Phoenix partners with the local continuum of care group to provide a help desk.
The center is currently open on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Jackson aims to see it open five days a week by year's end.
The grand opening on Aug. 16 includes a ribbon cutting ceremony and a raffle for a camper. This Sunday there will be a free concert with former American Idol contestant Sean Michel.