NRC news: NRC awards technical assistance grant, tax sales demystified, Northshore Triangle visioning session, survey results point to better neighborhoods, and more

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Neighborhood Resources Connection awards technical assistance grant to Near West Side, Kennedy Park neighborhood associations

Tomorrow morning, residents of two very different neighborhoods will come together to better understand their differences. A free, four-hour Diversity and Inclusion workshop will be hosted for residents of the Near West Side and Kennedy Park neighborhoods by their respective neighborhood associations -- all made possible with the help of NRC's technical assistance grant. 

“The issue of diversity and inclusion is a big topic in this community,” says Diana Hess, NRC’s Executive Director. NRC’s technical assistance grant program exists to build capacity among neighborhood organizations, and Hess says Saturday’s workshop is a perfect fit. “Both of the organizations are trying to achieve better representation of their neighborhoods, and NRC is excited to provide support.” Read more.

Tax, Certificate Sales demystified for NRC workshop participants

Here's how not to buy a house on the tax sale: 1) use an outdated Google street view to check out the house online, 2) bid high to win the auction, then 3) drive by and realize the house has already been demolished! 

That's just one of the real-life pitfalls awaiting tax sale and certificate sale buyers. But thanks to county treasurer Mike Kruk, the process was demystified at last night's Neighborhood Leadership Academy workshop, where participants learned how to rescue distressed properties in their neighborhood (if you do your homework, and follow some complex statutory requirements to the letter, that is). See helpful links on our Facebook post.

NRC's downtown neighborhood association steering committee featured on ABC57

A resident's neighborhood association doesn't yet exist... but we know a lot of you think it should, so we're rounding up a few good downtownies (we just made that word up, but it works) to help get things started, and ABC57 recently covered the effort. If you live downtown and you're interested in being included, let us know here.  

Neighborhood Updates:
Northshore Triangle visioning session set for Sept. 13, 6:30 at NRC

NRC is excited to be working with leaders from the Northshore Triangle neighborhood to chart the next course for their organization with a visioning session. NST neighbors, watch for a formal announcement to be made following Monday's Council meeting on the flooding issue... but for now, neighbors interested in sharing their ideas for the future of the organization should mark their calendars for Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at NRC's offices. More to come!
Fremont Youth Foundation's Stop the Violence Block Party is Sunday

Preparing families to go Back to School is the right time to bring an entire community together to boost children's self worth and self esteem, all while calling for a stop to the violence. Join NRC and the Fremont Youth Foundation in Fremont Park this Sunday, August 19, 2-8 p.m.  Free. See details and flyer on FYF's Facebook page.
Kennedy Park: KPNA visioning session set for Tuesday, Aug. 21

Members of the Kennedy Park Neighborhood Association are taking their recent Neighborhood Leadership Academy experience to the next level with a Vision Planning project. Kennedy park neighbors and friends are invited to share their ideas for a better Kennedy Park at a "visioning session" on Tuesday, Aug. 21. at 6:00 p.m. at the KPNA Center (1906 Linden). Details
Howard Park: SBVPA presents update on Howard Park

Aaron Perri delivered an enthusiastic update on the Howard Park plans to interested neighbors at this week's Howard Park Neighborhood Association Meeting which was held at the renovated Stone Lodge at the park's edge. His material was hot off the press, but keep an eye out for updates to make their way to the MySBParksandTrails website
Miami Village: Neighborhood Cleanup set for Aug. 25

Attention Miami Villagers! Your neighborhood association is organizing a volunteer Neighborhood Clean up on Saturday, August 25th. Meet at the Bargain Corner Convenience Mart at the corner of Twyckenham Drive and Calvert Street at 9 AM. South Bend Code Enforcement will be on hand and will provide gloves and trash bags as well as pick up of our filled trash bags.
City of South Bend Updates:
Survey reveals South Bend residents want better neighborhoods

"When you have strong neighborhoods, you will have a strong city" -- just one of the many sentiments reflected in the results of a new survey commissioned by the City of South Bend. While most residents, 58 percent, said they were very satisfied or satisfied with South Bend as a place to live, “the big takeaway, in terms of what we need to work on, is neighborhoods,” says Mayor Pete. See story in South Bend Tribune, or see the results (PDF) 
Mayor unveils proposed budget

Mayor Pete Buttigieg has unveiled the proposed 2019 budget for the City of South Bend, kicking off a months-long process for citizen input. The budget's focus includes "quality of life in neighborhoods," citing provisions for sidewalks, parks, street lights, Code Enforcement, and more. NRC is happy to hear that the budget responds to many concerns raised by neighborhood associations (ABC57 story), affirming what we already know: it benefits neighborhoods to be organized!

If you'd like to have input on how the budget should be revised over the coming weeks, pay attention to the schedule of budget hearings and watch for your opportunities to have a say. 

South Bend Tribune Article
2019 Budget Presentation to Common Council, July 31, 2018 (PDF from PowerPoint)

Calendar of Events

Mark your calendar and watch for more details about these upcoming events
  • Aug. 19 - Fremont Youth Foundation's Stop the Violence Back to School Block Party
  • Aug. 25 - Miami Village Neighborhood Cleanup
  • Sept. 22 - S.O.A.R. (Southeast Organized Area Residents) Neighborhood Picnic
  • Sept. 23 - Northshore Triangle Neighborhood Picnic

South Bend Common Council Meetings

St. Joseph County Council Meetings
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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