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Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh
1640 S Koeller St
Oshkosh, WI 54902

PO Box 2692

Oshkosh, WI 54903

ROCK THE BLOCK

Where are we now?

Rock the Block® is presented by Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh, along with collaborating partners, Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods and the City of Oshkosh. This exciting neighborhood revitalization initiative called “Rock the Block Oshkosh” utilizes neighborhood association members, city loans and local grant funding for exterior home improvement. The purpose is to get neighbors and the greater community working together to improve their city.  

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. The program was kick-started through a generous grant from US Venture Basic Needs Giving Program and continues to be funded through generous donors and local grant opportunities. 

Click HERE for the most current Rock the Block Oshkosh brochure! 

Rock the Block has worked to revitalize areas of Sacred Heart, Congress Fields, River East, Midtown, and Menominee South Neighborhood Associations since 2019.

 

*The program’s 2024 efforts will focus on the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association in Oshkosh AND the North Side of Omro. 

Residents living within the Stevens Park Neighborhood Association boundaries can apply to receive assistance with exterior home repairs and lawn care, including but not limited to edging, lawn patching & seeding, tree & bush trimming, weeding, raking, brush removal, mulching, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning. Applications will be available online at www.habitatoshkosh.org/rock-the-block and at the Oshkosh ReStore (1640 S. Koeller Street) as early as August 1st. The deadline to apply for 2024 Oshkosh projects will be October 1st.

Residents living within the City limits of Omro North of the Fox River can apply to receive assistance with exterior home repairs and lawn care, including but not limited to edging, lawn patching & seeding, tree & bush trimming, weeding, raking, brush removal, mulching, pressure washing, and gutter cleaning. Applications will be available online at www.habitatoshkosh.org/rock-the-block and at the Oshkosh ReStore (1640 S. Koeller Street) as early as August 1st. The deadline to apply for 2024 Omro projects will be December 1st.

For more information on Rock the Block Oshkosh, Visit @RTBOshkosh on Facebook, or contact Elizabeth Last, Program Director at 920-235-3535 or elast@habitatoshkosh.org

Click HERE for the 2024 STEVENS PARK Neighborhood Association project Application! 

You can print and mail the completed application to us at 2559 Badger Avenue, Oshkosh 54904 or email to elast@habitatoshkosh.org

Click HERE for the 2024 OMRO NORTH project Application! 

You can print and mail the completed application to us at 2559 Badger Avenue, Oshkosh 54904 or email to elast@habitatoshkosh.org

ALSO, NEW FOR 2023 >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "LEAFING NO ONE BEHIND"

Do you know someone that could use support for leaf removal this October? Volunteers and partners of the Age Friendly Oshkosh initiative are teaming up for a day of service. Please share this opportunity with your neighbors to help us register and coordinate a full schedule! 

Coordinated by the *Age Friendly Oshkosh* collaboration among Winnebago County ADRC, Winnebago Public Health Department, and the Oshkosh Area School District, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh/Rock the Block Oshkosh.

Volunteers will be scheduled to remove leaves and weeds from selected properties on Sunday, October 22, 2023 between 9am and 12pm. Applications are available HERE and due OCTOBER 1ST, 2023.

Please submit completed application to elast@habitatoshkosh.org or print and drop off at the Oshkosh ReStore at 1640 S. Koeller Street (drop box at the register, open during store hours), or mail to: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY, ATTN: Elizabeth Last, 2559 Badger Avenue, Oshkosh, 54904.

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. 

Financial Incentives.

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. 

 

Micro Grant Information and Application

Contact Brandon Nielsen, Assistant Planner, Planning Services, Community Development for Micro Grant application. 920.236.5061. bnielsen@ci.oshkosh.wi.us

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/HousingLoansAndIncentives.aspx

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