Trivia Around the Bend,  Tax Sale info, NRC job opportunity, upcoming Bike Michiana project and more NRC news!

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for your own South Bend neighborhood.

Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601

Nick Pittman, Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate and
NRC Board President

Diana Hess, Executive Director

Thanks South Bend Tribune for focus on neighborhood challenges!
It's expanding NRC conversations with neighbors on quality of life.

Call me at 574.287.0425
to see how you can get involved.
Positive Community Impact with
Neighborhood Leadership Academy 
Consuella Hopkins, NLA
Lincolnway West Annual Cleanup
Engaged citizens build neighborhood identity
and improve quality of life


Community Homebuyers Corporation Homeownership Assistance Program
The Homeowner Assistance Program is the result of six local financial institutions joining with the City of South Bend to help people get a good home at an affordable price.  For those who qualify and meet some simple ongoing criteria, grant money is available as a forgivable loan equal to 20% of the purchase price based on household income.  See


LangLab 1302 High St. 


NRC Trivia Night

Think you know your South Bend history? Show it off on February 25 during Trivia Around the Bend and help support our work in South Bend neighborhoods! The event begins at 7 p.m. at The Hall at St. Peter's, 915 N. Ironwood Drive. Only $10 per person to participate. We encourage you to register a team table of up to 8 individuals but also welcome individuals and couples to register. It's easy to sign up online at Eventbrite, or by mail. See complete details on the NRC Facebook page.

Thanks to Charles A. Reger & Associates and McKinnies Realty for sponsoring trivia rounds! If your business would like to sponsor a trivia round or table, or donate a gift card, please call the NRC office at 574.287.0425 or email Diana at for sponsor details. That’s the same contact for more information about the event too.

NRC Program Notes

The NRC is extending an invitation to anyone actively involved on neighborhood issues and organizing, who would like to join the Neighborhood Leadership Roundtable meetings held quarterly across the city. We'd like to add eligible community leaders to the invitation list!

Contact us at to attend the next NRC Roundtable, which is planned by invitation for March 30. Let us know if you want to join us! For our existing neighborhood association leaders, please let NRC know if you have any monthly meeting time or leadership changes so we can update our information.

NRC Community Partner Corner

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South Bend residents often ask about how to invest in their communities by purchasing vacant properties available at tax sale, and NRC participates in educational presenations with the Near Northwest Neighborhood and other community partners to help citizens understand the process.

The new County Commissioners Certificate Sale begins March 15, with available properties listed in the South Bend Tribune and online, through the company that manages the sale. The main difference between the fall tax sale and the commissioner's sale is the shorter 120-day redemption period, and frequently lower minimum bids on parcels that did not sell at the prior county tax sale(s). If interested, you can learn more at; complete details are available from the county at this link.

South Bend Neighborhood Spotlight

Look, it's Connie Wendt from Unity Gardens! Although many people know Connie from The Music Village and her other interests, Connie is a west-side neighbor who's been busy building community at LaSalle Square. The main Unity Gardens location is home to Connie's successful efforts to connect with the neighbors of Beacon Heights, who live nearby, and residents of the Heritage Place at LaSalle Square. Connie's a welcoming force in the gardens and for South Bend, in the neighborhoods that Unity calls home too.

NRC Neighborhood Toolbox Tip

Participating in NRC's Neighborhood Leadership Academy is a great way to begin or grow your neighborhood association, and we're busy working on the next free classes for South Bend leaders.

You can learn more about how NLA works and how to participate
here. In fact, we're so busy working on the NLA plans that we're hiring a part-time coordinator to do it! If you think you might be a good fit, or know someone who is, check the posting at and the easy online application.

Sustainability in South Bend Neighborhoods

The Bike Michiana Coalition is planning a new project to encourage more cycling for fun and transportation. They're planning a series of pop-up events to offer bicycle check-ups, bicycle cleaning and maintenance education, commuting advice and more.

The coalition is looking for volunteers, and conducting a survey to gauge interest and get a sense of what kinds of skills, from mechanics to marketing, people might want to share. The survey is linked
here, and you can contact Chris Vanden Bossche at for more information.

See calendar events linked here.
The Neighborhood Resources Connection in South Bend is an affiliate member of Neighborhoods USA. NRC programs are free to South Bend residents and are funded in part with the assistance of the City of South Bend Community Development Program with funds made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1977.




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