Where are we now?
What is Rock the Block?
Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh kicked off its first-ever Rock the Block Oshkosh in 2019.
Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh completed the revitalization in the Congress Fields Neighborhood! Neighborhood Association boundaries included homes between Congress Avenue and W. New York Avenue and Jackson Street and Elmwood Avenue.
Stay tuned for an update within the next few weeks for the upcoming Neighborhood!
Rock the Block® is a Habitat for Humanity International brand that is focused on bringing people together to revitalize neighborhoods. The purpose is to get neighbors and the greater community working together to improve their city. Rock the Block is a volunteer-driven, community based event with the aim of improving a neighborhood’s appearance along with assisting residents with upkeep and needed home repairs.
Many projects are free to the homeowner. Additional projects may be discussed on a case by case basis, and financing may be available to homeowners through City of Oshkosh micro-grant or zero interest deferred loan programs. Rock the Block Oshkosh is presented by Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods (GO-HNI), and the City of Oshkosh through a generous grant from US Venture Basic Needs Giving Program.
Why Rock the Block?
The program is designed to address the exterior areas of properties including yard maintenance, lighting improvements and repair of broken porches, railings, windows and other projects. By completing neighborhood revitalization projects such as Rock the Block, we can help promote a vibrant, well-maintained neighborhood which leads to healthy families and increased property values.
The City of Oshkosh offers financial incentives through matching micro grants to participating Rock the Block Oshkosh Neighborhood Associations to encourage exterior improvements. Approved projects will be reimbursed up to 50% of the total cost of the project, with a maximum grant of $500.
Contact Steven Wiley, Assistant Planner, Planning Services, Community Development for Micro Grant application. 920.236.5062. email@example.com
Housing Rehabilitation Programs
The City of Oshkosh also has loan and other grant-based programs to rehabilitate your home. The Housing Rehabilitation Program was created to enhance image, market and physical conditions of residential properties with the City of Oshkosh. Details on the programs and applications may be found here: https://www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us/PlanningServices/HousingRehabilitation.aspx