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Rock the Block

At Rock the Block events, residents, municipalities, and community partners collaborate with Habitat in targeted neighborhoods during a concentrated period of time to complete exterior home repair and preservation projects for low-income homeowners, and community projects to improve and beautify the neighborhood surrounding the homes.

For families to succeed, sometimes the dynamics of their neighborhood have to change. Neighborhood Revitalization is a holistic approach that expands Habitat’s traditional partnership with new homeowners and volunteers to include neighbors and local organizations for a far greater impact.

While new home construction continues to play a vital role, a bigger toolbox that includes repairs and other services allows Habitat to serve more families. Neighborhood Revitalization starts at the grassroots level — with people in the community determining the goals for their neighborhood.

Goals for Neighborhood Revitalization include serving more families through an expanded array of housing products; demonstrating an improved quality of life in the communities where we serve; broadening the base of Habitat’s financial support and increasing volunteer participation.

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Rock the Block | A Program of Neighborhood Revitalization

Here’s a guide to the basics, and information on how YOU can be a part of transforming communities and improving lives here in the Fox Cities.

What is Rock the Block?

Rock the Block takes place in targeted neighborhoods for a concentrated period of time, focusing on exterior home repair and preservation projects for low-income homeowners, and community projects to improve and beautify the neighborhood surrounding the homes.

Rock the Block showcases Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization program, which brings people together to improve the quality of life in targeted neighborhoods.  Neighborhood revitalization will look different in each target neighborhood based on the needs and interests of the residents.  Beyond the Rock the Block program, residents in targeted neighborhoods will also be given access to Habitat’s home repair program providing critical home repairs, weatherization, and larger-scale home preservation work. 

Rock the Block events will likely occur in a targeted neighborhoods where whole house rehabilitation and new construction are already underway or planned for the near future. By offering a mix of housing solutions, we can work with residents and community partners to truly transform neighborhoods in need.

Why Rock the Block?

It’s a path for residents, organizations, volunteers, and Habitat for Humanity to come together to assist low-income residents, maintain home ownership rates, improve the housing stock, and increase neighborhood pride.

What Does Rock the Block Look Like?

Imagine hundreds of your closest friends, family, and community members circling around this neighborhood, coming together and lifting it up through exterior home repairs, park clean ups,  landscaping, painting, and more!

Who’s Involved?

Rock the Block is a true collaboration involving residents, municipalities, local businesses, schools, faith communities, and other non-profits. The residents will play a key role in determining what’s needed to improve the quality of life where they live. Community partners will vary based on the needs and interests of the residents.

Who’s Paying for This?

Homeowners will pay for their home improvements through zero-interest deferred loans. Homeowner’s loan payments and community investments into Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Investment fund financially support the community projects and related program expenses.    

How Can You Learn More?

Contact Habitat’s Rock the Block department by email at RocktheBlock@FoxCitiesHabitat.org. To volunteer for this event, click Volunteer Link to see available shifts.

Stories

See how Rock the Block has positively impacted each neighborhood we’ve touched. 

Click on each of the links below for videos of Rock the Block activity.

 

Rock the Block Waupaca, 2020
https://youtu.be/JPJZF63z3RM

Rock the Block Menasha, 2019
https://youtu.be/nL3TXLbuHHg

 

Rock the Block Doty Island, July 2017

https://vimeo.com/229019580

 

Rock the Block Kaukauna Fassbender Park, July 2017

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNwFupdM5VM

 

Rock the Block Neenah, December 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgxtIkYjhq8

 

Rock the Block, October 30, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqXnfTwDSQU

 

 

Appleton Rock the Block 2020

We are humbled and thrilled to serve the Appleton community with Habitat’s Rock The Block neighborhood revitalization from September 10 to September 12. More details will be shared with you in the near future.

We will also be celebrating the Waupaca Rock the Block on Sept 26 to recognize the hard work of the Waupaca community, sponsors, and volunteers who made this a success.

We continue to work hard in serving people and finding opportunities to contribute to the well-being of our community.

Waupaca Rock the Block Postponed – Impacts due to COVID-19

Thank you to our generous sponsors of Waupaca Rock the Block!

COVID-19 has impacted Habitat’s immediate operations and scheduling but we believe this is temporary. The Waupaca Rock the Block event scheduled for May 7-9 has been postponed. Despite this, we remain committed to completing 32 residential projects for the families in Waupaca as soon as we can safely do so. Habitat has not had volunteers on site for several weeks, and as of March 28th, all on-site project work by staff has also been stopped. It was a difficult decision to stop operations, but the safety of the homeowners, participants of Rock the Block, and the community is Habitat’s first concern. We will have a neighborhood celebration in September – stay tuned for more details.

Stay tuned – photos to follow.

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