Established in July 1974 to help reverse the physical and social decline taking place in South Bend’s urban neighborhoods, South Bend Heritage Foundation, Inc. (SBH) is a not-for-profit service and community development corporation that is committed to the stabilization and empowerment of our neighborhoods.
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To enhance the beauty and value of urban neighborhoods and empower residents, through collaboration, physical transformation, advocacy and education.
A united community where diverse urban neighborhoods are considered choice places to live, as well as to operate a business, and where all residents have equitable and just opportunities to reach their full potential.
SBH’s earliest work involved the preservation of historic homes and creating a national historic district in the West Washington neighborhood. Other projects included rehabilitating homes for resale, house moves, and operating a loan fund that helped over 35 owners restore their homes.
A timeline of our development since 1974 is available in our 2008 Annual Report.
Since its incorporation, South Bend Heritage has cultivated and maintained:
South Bend Heritage has historically collaborated with many local organizations throughout the planning and implementation of community and economic development projects.
Key partnerships have included:
Every year, thousands of children, teens and adults participate in programs on South Bend Heritage Foundation’s Colfax Campus or attend events sponsored by SBH throughout the city. Many of the tenants on the Colfax Campus are chosen for their involvement in arts and education, as well as advocacy.
Resident tenants include: Southhold Dance Company, Imani Unidad, N.A.A.C.P, New Discoveries Pre-School, Renew, Inc., JIFFI (Jubilee Initiative for Financial Inclusion), Project Impact and the Colfax Gallery. In addition, hundreds of individuals provide volunteer hours, whether helping to clean and landscape properties, mentor teens or provide a voice for those who historically have not been heard. South Bend Heritage also works directly with neighborhood residents to deal with issues that effect the lives of people living in our community.
South Bend Heritage offers counseling targeted to first time homebuyers as well as for homeowners dealing with foreclosure issues. The courses we offer are designed to provide participants with the resources necessary to be a successful homeowner. Home Ownership Education courses are offered online through eHome America and also through in person education. SBH also offers homeowners who are concerned about their ability to make timely mortgage payments. Our workshops will explain the procedures used by lenders, housing counselors and the court system to assist homeowners with mortgage issues.
To date we have:
One of the most important methods of transforming our urban neighborhoods is to provide quality housing and encourage urban development. Over the past 35 years SBH has partnered in several housing and commercial developments. South Bend Heritage is dedicated to improving South Bend’s neighborhoods through the construction and adaptation of urban commercial and residential structures. Through experienced and skilled staff, SBH works with other project architects, general contractors and sub contractors to insure that all projects undertaken by SBH are completed to the highest degree of quality.
To date, SBH has developed and supervised the construction and renovation of 5 major multi-family housing developments, 160 + home rehabilitations, 25+ house moves and 25+ commercial construction and renovation projects. With each completed project SBH builds on its reputation as a premier adaptive reuse specialist through the creation of unique commercial space and quality affordable housing in urban neighborhoods. Based on this expertise, SBH also now serves as general contractor on several projects. View our full SBH Construction Resume.
Important projects include:
In 2002 SBHF became a chartered member of the Neighborhood Reinvestment (NR) NeighborWorks® network. The 235 member organizations that comprise the NeighborWorks Network must meet stringent membership criteria and undergo rigorous reviews every year to ensure they are delivering the highest-quality and most efficient and effective services to lower-income communities nationwide. In the last five years alone NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $16 billion in reinvestment and helped nearly one million families of modest means purchase or improve their homes or secure quality, affordable and safe rental housing.