Erin Blasko | December 25, 2018
The community development corporation 466 Works, in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civic Innovation (CCI), Southeast Organized Area Residents, Neighborhood Development Associates and the South Bend Community School Corp. has been recommended for a $125,000 grant to engage students from Riley High School’s Construction Trades Program in a home build in South Bend’s Southeast Neighborhood.
The money, courtesy of a federally funded Community Development Block Grant from the city of South Bend, will allow the students to build a home for a low- to moderate-income family in a part of the city where access to quality, affordable housing and financing is limited because of market conditions, in addition to the homes the Construction Trades Program builds in more affluent, suburban areas outside of the city.
The Southeast Neighborhood is located southeast of downtown and includes Riley.
Interns with the Bowman Creek Educational Ecosystem (BCE2), from Notre Dame as well as Bethel College and Penn High School, collaborated on the grant with Southeast Organized Area Residents and Neighborhood Development Associates. BCE2 is a program of CCI that brings people from different backgrounds and sectors together to solve challenging problems in the community.
Moving forward, CCI and BCE2 will continue to work through the details of the project, meeting monthly with 466 Works and the school corporation for plan development and with the civil engineering and architecture class at Riley for the design of the home. Notre Dame also partners with Riley on BRIDGES, a before-school enrichment program for girls enrolled in the school’s magnet engineering program.
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