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’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.

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 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.

Click here to view our 2017 audited 990 form.

2017 Annual Report

LINES OF BUSINESS

Affordable Housing

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

PLANNING & REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT

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

Property Management

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

STRATEGIC FOCUS

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

PLAN FORMALLY APPROVED: APRIL 2018 SBH BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

“The SBH team works tirelessly to ensure that every single resident in South Bend has a safe and welcoming community to live in. That's what I love most about working here - working with a group of people that care so deeply about making South Bend a thriving and united place to live."

Elizabeth leachman
Director of Marketing & Strategic Initiatives

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The South Bend Heritage Board is composed of 25 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

  • Charles Lehman,  Lehman & Lehman Landscape Architects
      • Board Chair
  • Tim MehallGrubb & Ellis/Cressy & Everett
      • Board President
  • Marcia JonesSouth Bend Redevelopment Commission
      • Vice-President
  • Marguerite A TaylorRobinson Community Learning Center
      • Secretary-Treasurer
  • Solomon Anderson1st Source Bank
  • Rebecca BohnamRetired – Studebaker National Museum
  • Dé BryantIndiana University South Bend
  • Lynn Coleman, Memorial Hospital of South Bend
  • Margo Demont,  Retired – Memorial Hospital
  • Karl EdmonsonBellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital
  • Matthew J. GrayKeyBank
  • Mary Jan HedmanMetronet
  • Consuella HopkinsConsuella’s Accounting & Tax Service
  • Rev. Mary L. HubbardFirst United Methodist Church
  • Pastor Canneth LeeKingdom Christian Center
  • Jo Ann MacKenzieRetired – St. Mary’s College
  • Charlotte Pfeifer-GilliamIndiana University South Bend
  • Debra StanleyImani and Unidad
  • Toy VillaCity of South Bend, Dept. of Public Works
  • Susan R Visser,  South Bend Regional Museum of Art
  • Andre WaddellSt. Joseph Health System
  • Jonathan Wingfield, Centier Bank
  • Debra WalkerBig Brothers-Big Sisters
  • William A. Welsheimer Jr.Welsheimer Funeral Home