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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 businesses, and where all residents have equitable and just opportunities to reach their full potential.

We have:

  • Served the Near Westside and Westside neighborhoods of South Bend since 1974
  • Represented the interests of all South Bend citizens, striving for diverse and comprehensive community development initiatives
  • Focused on the stabilization, enhancement, and empowerment of neighborhoods through physical development, education, and advocacy
  • Offered homeownership opportunities, provided quality affordable housing, promoted community enhancement through collaboration, focused on the preservation and restoration of homes and other community facilities

South Bend Heritage Foundation, Inc. was incorporated in 1974 to work throughout South Bend and the surrounding county. Since its incorporation, SBHF has cultivated and maintained:

  • $65 million in direct residential and commercial development
  • $365 million in partnership project investment
  • 268 rental units in four main sites and several scattered sites
  • 160,000 square feet of commercial, cultural, and educational space in the seven buildings

South Bend Heritage Foundation has historically collaborated with many local organizations throughout the planning and implementation of community and economic development projects.

Key partnerships have included:

  • Indiana Landmarks
  • Center for Community Change
  • Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • St. Joseph Regional Medical Center
  • Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization
  • City of South Bend
  • The Salvation Army of St. Joseph County
  • Indiana University South Bend
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Foundation
  • NeighborWorks America
  • Neighborhood Resources Corporation
  • University of Notre Dame
  • 100 Black Men of South Bend
  • South Bend Community School Corp
  • Community Foundation of St. Joseph County
  • National Council on Educating Black Children

We offer housing for every stage of life, including apartments, single family homes, and senior living.

Where you live is one of the most important decisions you can make. South Bend Heritage owns and develops residential properties as well as partners with other organizations on community projects. We believe every should have a quality place to call home.

The right space for your growing business.

South Bend Heritage Foundation has multiple commercial properties available for rent. Our commercial space is perfect for art studios, office spaces, store fronts for retail and many other business opportunities. 

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South Bend Heritage Foundation has been a strong advocate and catalyst for community change in South Bend. Over the past 41 years SBH has helped organize and participate in numerous community activities, often at the forefront of community building initiatives.

Growing our City.

South Bend Heritage Foundation is dedicated to creating an even better South Bend. We work to preserve historic structures, breathing new life into once vacant and abandoned properties. Through our significant development efforts we provide job opportunities for contractors and partner developers across our community

Revitalizing the Northeast Neighborhood.

Since 2001, South Bend Heritage Foundation has contracted with the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) to serve as staff for the organization. SBH staff assists in the planning and development work of the NNRO. Featuring homes for sale near Notre Dame.

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Help support the mission of South Bend Heritage.

South Bend Heritage is truly grateful for contributions and donations as they all combine to help us achieve our mission of continuing to grow the community through development initiatives in a variety of areas, including arts & culture, financial counseling, homeownership, preservation, and affordable housing.

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