Trivia Around the Bend, ReLeaf Program, SOAR picnic, budget hearing rescheduled, 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy, and more.

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Contact the NRC at: 
Neighborhood Resources Connection
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.

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. 

Trivia Around the Bend tickets now available
Registration is open, space is limited. Reserve your tickets now!

On November 10th, Neighborhood Resources Connection is hosting Trivia Around the Bend to support South Bend neighborhoods. For just $10 a person, you and your friends or other trivia enthusiasts (up to 8) can test your knowledge of South Bend. Join us for an evening full of fun and awesome prizes. See the Facebook event, or get tickets now (Eventbrite). See you there!

When: November 10th
Time: Doors open at 6 p.m., trivia starts at 7 p.m.
Where: The Hall at St. Peter’s (Rockne and Ironwood).

2017 ReLeaf Program

The 2017 ReLeaf program, to collect and dispose of loose leaves within the city, is set to start on Monday, October 23 and will run to Thursday, November 16. To provide better coverage and efficiency, crews will start in the Northeast and Southwest quadrants of the city concurrently and move in a clockwise direction.

Residents are asked to follow these guidelines for the program:

  1. Rake leaves to the tree lawn area and avoid raking them into the street, as this will plug the street storm drains causing them to flood during rain.
  2. Avoid parking on top or in front of leaf piles along curb lines, as this hampers our crew from collecting the leaves.
  3. Do not contaminate leaf piles by putting in sticks, trash, and other debris. We cannot pick these piles up and it will be the property owner’s responsibility to dispose of contaminated piles.
  4. Burning of leaves is prohibited and is a violation of City ordinance.
SOAR Neighborhood Picnic 

Earlier this month, the Southeast Organized Area Residents or SOAR, as they are better known, welcomed over 200 neighborhood residents and community members to its second annual neighborhood picnic at Southeast Park.  Whether it was the hot dogs or the lovely unseasonably warm weather or the climbing wall, the result was a day of celebrating neighbors, learning new information and encouraging folks to participate in the SOAR neighborhood association.  In addition to information tables, SB Venues, Parks & Arts was there to officially recognize a neighborhood art installation in the park and Suzanna Fritzberg , the Mayor’s Deputy Chief of Staff was on hand to help SOAR president Conrad Damian honor several neighbors who have each lived in the neighborhood for 40 years or more. NRC was one of many sponsors helping to make the day a success.  If you live in the neighborhood SOAR invites you to become part of the neighborhood association which meets on the second Tuesday monthly, 6:00 p.m. at Broadway Christian Parish (corner of Broadway and Carrol Streets).

Hearing on the 2018 Budget Rescheduled

Due to not all departments having presented their budgets at this time, the decision was made to move the Public Hearing on the 2018 Budget to Monday, October 9th at 7pm. More information regarding the City's budget.

2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy

NRC and South Bend Heritage welcome the newest cohort of the Neighborhood Leadership Academy. The 2017 program kicked off last Thursday with a full house of South Bend neighborhood leaders learning the five secrets of successful community development. (By the way - if you want to learn those secrets yourself, check out our three-part ABCD series coming up in November.) 

Thanks to all who braved the heat for our first session! We can't wait to see the ideas and action plans they come up with over the next twelve weeks.

More about the 2017 Neighborhood Leadership Academy.

Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop - Oct. 5

The Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop is a day-long session designed to introduce the principles and implementation mechanisms behind neighborhood-based development projects. The workshop offers specialized training about how to create small projects, like 1-3 story buildings with less than 20 units, which are residential, commercial or mixed in use. This workshop is the first step to becoming a small developer yourself or creating a supportive ecosystem for small development in South Bend.

WHAT: Small Scale Real Estate Development Workshop
WHEN: October 5, 2017 - 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
WHERE: St. Joseph County Public Library – 304 S Main St, South Bend, IN 46601
  • $169 for Early Bird Registration – until September 11
  • $199 for Regular Registration – until October 2
  • $229 for Last Minute Registration – until October 5, if space is available
Register today at or read more at NRC's website. Sponsored by the Incremental Development Alliance. Locally hosted by Neighborhood Resources Connection, Thrive Michiana, and more

Public hearing on proposed I&M rate hike

Participating in public hearings is an excellent way to see local or state government in action, so here’s a community organizing bulletin from our friends at the Sierra Club: Indiana Michigan Power (I&M) is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) for an increase in customers’ electric bills starting in July 2018. If I&M’s request is approved, the average customer’s bill will increase by more than $300 a year. Learn more about the rate increase request at the public hearing below, or at Citizens Action Coalition.
South Bend Public Hearing
South Bend Century Center, Recital Hall (120 S St Joseph St)
Monday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM

Calendar of Events
  • The final department hearing on the Clerk, Council and Innovation & Technology budgets will be held on Wednesday, October 4th at 5pm  
  • Green Business Workshop and Showcase-October 17th from 9am-3:30pm at Century Center South Bend
  • Century Center Energy Celebration-October 17th from 3:45pm-5:30pm at Century Center South Bend
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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