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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, 

2021 was a special year as the NNRO launched into new initiatives like our new Owner-Occupied Repair Program for low income seniors and a Community Land Trust (CLT) to ensure that affordable homeownership opportunities remain available in the neighborhood. We also finished the renovation of the Firehouse after a long pause during the pandemic! 

Our board President from the South Bend Clinic, Lisa Wine did a terrific job leading us forward through a transition year that included restarting the City of South Bend Neighborhood Plan process and our longstanding goal to complete two final affordable homes in the Triangle. 

The financial support of Mayor James Mueller and the City of South Bend along with our other funding partners was crucial to building and selling more affordable homes in 2021. We are very proud of our neighborhood advocacy efforts during the year that witnessed the opening of Trader Joe’s and a new Robinson Community Learning Center. 

As we look forward in 2022, we are thankful for the assistance of South Bend Heritage as we will begin construction on two CLT homes and new resident economic empowerment and wellness initiatives. Please enjoy the highlights from an impactful 2021 for the NNRO. Our efforts noted in this report would not be possible without your generous financial and volunteer support . 

Bill stenz, nnro vice 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.