Homeowners resource. The Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (HOPI) has launched a terrific new website, www.regionalhopi.org, with stories, research, and data about efforts to limit foreclosure impacts in northeastern Illinois. The Regional HOPI site also lists relevant events and other outreach to homeowners and renters who may be struggling to keep their homes. CMAP is a partner in the initiative's extensive network of non-profits, housing counseling agencies, government agencies, private initiatives, and others on the front lines of helping our communities and their residents weather these difficult times.
Be a Good Neighbor!
The Community Development Department encourages beautiful neighborhoods and we need your help. You can be a GOOD NEIGHBOR by observing the following simple suggestions and rules.
- Keep your lawn mowed and trimmed.
- Clean up after your pet regularly.
- Properly store and dispose of garbage and trash.
- Maintain your property, keeping it clean of debris.
- Maintain structures in good repair and paint as needed.
- Park only on approved surfaces, not on your lawn.
- Keep the noise down and be considerate of your neighbors.
- Do not place garage sale signs on trees or utility poles.
- Screen outdoor storage from view.
- Remove dead branches, bushes or vegetation.
- Do not feed wild animals.
- Trim tree branches and shrubbery so they do not obstruct pedestrian or vehicle traffic or line-of-sight lines.
- Trim tree branches and shrubbery so that they do not overhang your neighbor's property.
- Post a readable address number on your home so that emergency personnel can easily read it from the street.
- License your residential rental property.
- Before buying a house or renting any dwelling unit, check with our department as to how many people are allowed to live in the house or unit.
- Use working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Check batteries twice a year when you change the clocks for daylight saving time.
- Maintain heating, plumbing and electrical systems.
- It is generally not allowed to occupy a basement as sleeping quarters. (Requirements for basement rooms such as ceiling height, light, ventilation and exits are strictly enforced.) Check with the Community Development Department if you are considering such a use.
- Maintain an acceptable level of sanitation.
- Control rodents.