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About South Bend Heritage

Bringing plans to reality for over 40 years.

Working to make neighborhoods safe, attractive, and thriving.

Established in July 1974 to help reverse the physical and social decline taking place in South Bend neighborhoods, South Bend Heritage Foundation, Inc. (SBH) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit Community Development Corporation that is committed to the stabilization and empowerment of our neighborhoods.

Purpose: To enhance the beauty and value of neighborhoods and to empower residents, through collaboration, physical transformation, advocacy, and education.

Vision: A united community where diverse 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.


Affordable Housing

One of the most important methods of transforming our neighborhoods is to provide quality housing and encourage community and economic development. 

Community building & engagement

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.


South Bend Heritage is dedicated to improving South Bend’s neighborhoods through the construction and adaptation of commercial and residential structures. 

Property Management

South Bend Heritage manages all of our residential properties with our dedicated Property Management staff. 


This strategic plan was produced over a ten (10) month timeline during 2017 and 2018. The plan was developed to identify current and long range community problems that might be addressed by South Bend Heritage (SBH) per its Purpose and Vision for the community. The plan guides the commitments and actions of SBH over a five (5) year period (Jan 2018-Dec 2022) to enhance the beauty and value of South Bend neighborhoods and to empower residents and businesses.

The plan was produced with the assistance of Impacto Consulting – Sid Mohn, South Bend Heritage board members, staff, community stakeholders, and SBH customers were extensively involved in the strategic planning process. Numerous workshops, surveys, key person interviews, data studies and review sessions were completed to create the plan.

The plan is comprised of four (4) sections:
» Organizational Background
» Business Environment
» Strategic Focus Areas
» Dashboard of Key Performance Indicators
» Other strategic SBH reference documents


“The SBH vision means a lot to me. It's a pleasure ensuring that each of our residents have decent, safe, and affordable places to live - and more importantly, a place to call home."

Rosie Leyva
Director of Property Management


The South Bend Heritage Board is composed of 19 members from a diverse background of experience and qualifications. To maintain Community Housing Development Organization certification, our board needs to have at least one-third (8) of its membership fall into one of the following categories:

» Low /moderate residents or residents of low / moderate income geographic area of operation
» Owners or senior officers of private establishments and other institutions located in and serving its geographic area of operation
» Representatives of low / moderate income neighborhood organizations located in its geographic area

Low Income Tax Credit set aside for Indiana Non Profit entity tax credit projects, our board also needs to have 51% of its membership fall into one of the following categories:

» Minority
» Female
» Disabled

  • Tim MehallGrubb & Ellis/Cressy & Everett
      • Board Chair 
  • Jonathan Wingfield, Centier Bank
      • Board President
  • Karl EdmonsonBellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital
      • Vice-President
  • Debra StanleyImani and Unidad


  • Matthew J. Gray, Retired –  KeyBank


  • Solomon Anderson1st Source Bank
  • Rebecca BohnamRetired – Studebaker National Museum
  • Lynn Coleman, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Margo Demont,  Retired – Memorial Hospital
  • Marcia JonesSouth Bend Redevelopment Commission
  • Pastor Canneth LeeKingdom Christian Center
  • Baye SlyvesterImani Unidad
  •  Shanon Buari, AAk Law
  • Charles Lehman,  Lehman & Lehman Landscape Architects
  • Jo Ann MacKenzieRetired – St. Mary’s College
  • Marguerite A Taylor, Retired – Robinson Community Learning Center
  • Toy Villa, Retired –  City of South Bend, Dept. of Public Works
  • Andre WaddellSt. Joseph Health System
  • Debra WalkerBig Brothers-Big Sisters
  • William A. Welsheimer Jr., Retired – Welsheimer Funeral Home