Unprecedented upgrades to South Bend parks; Neighbors leading on lead; Proposed city budget unveiled; Mayor's night out, and more 

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217 S. Michigan St.
South Bend IN 46601

Nick Pittman, Neighborhood Leadership Academy graduate and 2016 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.

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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


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South Bend parks to receive major upgrades

Overhaul is largest parks investment in city history

Parks create an important sense of place in a neighborhood. That’s why NRC is excited to see the next chapter being written for the entire South Bend parks system.

Unveiled Wednesday, My South Bend Parks & Trails is a holistic overhaul of the South Bend parks system -- a combination of park, trail, and riverfront upgrades that will fundamentally change the landscape of green spaces throughout the city. The projects were developed by South Bend residents through thousands of pieces of feedback, hundreds of hours of public meetings, and dozens of resident engagement sessions. Read more.

Neighborhood leaders: local lead issue needs more attention, resources

Photo: Ted Booker, SBT
The recent discovery that South Bend’s lead problem was worse than originally thought has community leaders speaking out. Their multi-pronged strategy, laid out at a community forum Tuesday night, seeks education and testing in addition to remediation. But with the city’s application for federal grant money denied, funding these initiatives remains a timely question as the city’s and county’s 2018 budget processes are now underway. Read more about Tuesday’s forum in the South Bend Tribune.

Proposed city budget includes upgrades to parks, funding for lead paint removal, and more

As community leaders know, improving South Bend’s diverse neighborhoods involves a lot of competition for limited tax resources. Unveiled last night before the Common Council, the Mayor’s proposed 2018 budget calls for an assortment of new spending initiatives for public safety, health and neighborhood development. Highlights include a $24.3 million investment in parks, a $1.5 million 2018 TIF expenditure towards a multi-year four-county project to reroute the South Shore rail line, and a $300,000 outlay to remediate lead paint. Read more in the South Bend Tribune.

If you haven’t yet reviewed the proposed budget with your community’s needs in mind, your opportunities to do so are happening now -- budget hearings are scheduled throughout the Fall. See the schedule (PDF) and current budget documents.

Next Mayor’s Night Out Thursday, Aug. 31

The Mayor’s Night Out is your opportunity to have a five-minute one-on-one conversation with Mayor Pete Buttigieg as well as City department heads and staff.

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017
  • 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • John Adams High School - 808 Twyckenham Dr.

Please call 311 for more information.

Neighborhood Roundtable meets August 29

Hosted quarterly by NRC, Neighborhood Roundtables are a gathering of neighborhood leaders from around the city who are invited to brainstorm solutions for common problems. If you are a neighborhood leader and would like to participate in upcoming Roundtables, please contact NRC for more details. See a recap of the June Roundtable.

Free lecture offered on small scale development

Are you interested in learning more about how you could become a small real estate developer for a project in your neighborhood? Small developments may be small, but that doesn’t mean they’re easier to get financed and approved -- especially for the novice. Join us for this NRC-cosponsored program to learn how you can become an implementer of the development projects that are missing in your community. See Facebook event.

  • September 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm
  • St. Joseph County Library, Colfax Auditorium
  • 304 Southeast Main Street South Bend, IN 46601

SJHS seeks feedback from 10,000 on community health

Complete the survey for a chance to win a free FitBit

What community health needs exist in your zip code? Saint Joseph Health System wants your input -- and the input of a few thousand of your neighbors, too. SJHS is conducting a Community Health Needs Assessment survey of individuals residing in St. Joseph, Marshall, and Elkhart counties, with a goal of over 10,000 surveys.

Your input will aid in developing action plans to address health-related problems. Need another reason to take the survey? One lucky respondent per week will win a free FitBit. Click here to take the survey.

To NRC’s community partners: thank you!
NRC is working hard to help South Bend residents make their neighborhoods stronger. Thankfully, we have some fantastic supporters on our team.

As always, thanks to South Bend Brew Werks for their continued support of NRC though the Beer4Good program. And ‘cheers’ to all you connoisseurs of tasty brews for dropping those bottlecaps in the NRC jar.

Thank you, Neighborhood Leadership Academy Partners!

Also thanks to the partners helping us bring the 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy to you: West Side Wednesday, American National University, the City of South Bend, Express Press, and:
  • Jim McKinnies
  • The Sylvester and Tessie Kaminski Foundation 
  • The Bruce G. and Mary A. Robert Family Foundation
Calendar of Events
  • Art Beat 2017 - Sat. Aug. 19 (Facebook)
  • Fremont Park Back to School Block Party - Aug. 20
  • Know Your Neighbors Block Party, Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association, Sept. 9, New Park on Cottage Grove, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. – (rain or shine)
  • Getting to Know Your Neighbors, Southeast Organized Area Residents (SOAR), Sept. 16, Southeast Neighborhood Park, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
South Bend Common Council Meetings
St. Joseph County Council Meetings

More calendar events
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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