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Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization

Mission: To facilitate the revitalization efforts and continue to foster diversity within the Northeast Neighborhood – its residents, businesses and stakeholders – into a safe, vital, cohesive community that preserves its assets and respects the needs of all who reside, work and visit within its boundaries.

Since 2000, the Northeast Neighborhood Revitalization Organization (NNRO) has been a catalyst in the transformation of the Northeast Neighborhood. In the past decade, the Northeast Neighborhood has seen intensive revitalization, with population growth and owner-occupied housing. The NNRO has helped stabilize critical sections of the neighborhood for residential and commercial investment.

This progress has been made possible through the generous support of NNRO Funding Partners including City of South Bend, South Bend Clinic, Saint Joseph Health System, Oaklawn, and the University of Notre Dame, as well as neighborhood residents who generously give their time and talent. The NNRO Board of Trustees has evolved to include a diverse group of organizations and residents that reflects the positive change and growth happening throughout the neighborhood and larger community.

The NNRO is staffed by South Bend Heritage, serving as the operational manager and performing administrative, development, programmatic, and technical support on behalf of the NNRO. 

Click here to view the NNRO Fact Sheet.


A Letter from the Vice President of the Board

Dear Friends,

2022 really showcased the impact that NNRO can make in the community. After launching into new initiatives like the Owner-Occupied Repair Program for low income seniors and starting Indiana’s first Community Land Trust (CLT) to ensure that affordable homeownership opportunities remain available in neighborhood, the purpose of the NNRO is more clear than ever.

The generous financial support from the City of South Bend, as well as our other funding partners, played a crucial role in enabling us to construct and sell more affordable homes. With much fan fare, we celebrated the grand opening of Historic Firehouse #7, the neighborhood gathering space that houses the food pantry and Northeast Neighborhood Center. The Affordable Housing & Resident Wellness and Economic Empowerment Committees continued to organize efforts to provide new opportunities to neighborhood residents.

As we set our sights on 2023, we express our gratitude for the invaluable assistance provided by South Bend Heritage. In the upcoming year, we will finish construction of two Community Land Trust (CLT) homes and introduce new initiatives focused on resident economic empowerment and wellness. We invite you to enjoy the highlights of our impactful 2022 as reflected in this report. We appreciate that none of our accomplishments would have been possible without our partner’s generous financial contributions and volunteer support.

Thank you!


TIM SEXTON, 2022 NNRO BOARD president

CURRENT projects

historic firehouse #7

Renovations are complete at the Historic Firehouse 7. Now serving as the Northeast Neighborhood Center, it is a great place for community meetings and hosts the Northeast food pantry. Nearly $200,000 was raised by individuals to preserve this neighborhood asset and anchor in the community. 

Community land trust

As part of Indiana’s first Community Land Trust, confirming long-term affordable in the Northeast. The first CLT homes will be ready in early summer 2023 for purchase by qualified buyers. 

new construction

A brand new home is being constructed on Turncok Ave and another on St Louis St. These homes will be available for purchase in 2023 for qualified buyers.