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 through a generous grant from US Venture Basic Needs Giving Program.
Rock the Block Oshkosh is coming soon to the River East Neighborhood Association. Residents may submit an application December 1st to February 15th to be considered for June 2021 projects. Visit @RTBOshkosh on Facebook, tune in to one of 2 virtual town hall meeting opportunities, call 920-235-3535 or email to learn more.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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