In the fall of 2017 South Bend Heritage opened Oliver Apartments to house homeless individuals in South Bend. Located on the old Oliver School site at Indiana Ave and Kemble Street, Oliver Apartments features 32 one bedroom, one bath apartments. Oliver Apartments is designed to offer individuals that are homeless a place to live and access supportive services.
BENEFITS OF PERMANENT SUPPORTIVE HOUSING: HOUSING FIRST
SUCCESSFUL -Supportive housing improves housing stability, employment, mental and physical health, and reduces active substance use. People in supportive housing live more stable and productive lives.
COST-EFFECTIVE -Supportive housing costs essentially the same amount as keeping people homeless and stuck in the revolving door of high-cost crisis care and emergency housing.
BENEFICIAL- Supportive housing helps build strong, healthy communities by improving the safety of neighborhoods, beautifying city blocks with new or rehabilitated properties, and increasing or stabilizing property values over time.
– Corporation for Supportive Housing csh.org
Supportive services for Oliver Apartments are provided by Oaklawn.
We would also like to thank the following development partners, City of South Bend, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, 1st Source Bank, Indiana Health Centers, Bradley Company, Alliance Architects and Cinnaire.
For more information view the Oliver Apartments FactSheet
Currently 22 of the 32 apartments are rented. We especially thank Harry, Thomas “Buck” and Sandy for recently sharing their stories with the media.