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Rock the Block

Rock the Block Rocks
Neighborhood Revitalization

Greater Fox Cities Area Habitat for Humanity not only offers housing assistance for families to buy affordable homes, we revitalize neighborhoods through Rock the Block events and our Home Repair Program.

Rock the Block brings together residents, municipalities and community partners to complete exterior home repairs for low-income homeowners. These projects improve and beautify neighborhoods, increase property values and have a ripple effect on all homes in targeted neighborhoods.

Our Rock the Block program works on both residential and community-based projects, providing affordable repairs including:

  • Roofing
  • Siding
  • Window and door replacement
  • Porch repairs
  • Exterior repairs and improvements
  • Painting
  • Landscaping

Watch the video below to see a Rock the Block event in action!

Rock the Block
Benefits Our Neighbors

Fox Cities Habitat supports people who are struggling to manage exterior home maintenance due to finances or physical limitations.

Rock the Block serves communities by:

  • Keeping neighborhoods clean and safe
  • Improving property values for residents
  • Benefiting more than one family at a time
  • Unifying people with a common purpose
  • Increasing neighborhood pride and quality of life
  • Team building for neighbors, communities and company employees

Beyond the Rock the Block program, homeowners participating in the program will also be given access to Fox Cities Habitat’s Home Repair Program which provides critical interior and exterior home repairs, weatherization and larger-scale home preservation support.

Long-term results show safer and more unified neighborhoods, enhanced quality of life, improved homeownership rates and increased property values.

chart detailing how Rock the Block programs make safer, more cohesive neighborhoods
Rock the Block chart detailing the enhanced quality of life resulting from these events

Rock the Block is Affordable

Eligible homeowners who participate in the Rock the Block program pay for out-of-pocket expenses related to their home improvement project with a Fox Cities Habitat 0% interest deferred loan. The cost to the homeowner is kept low with their own “sweat equity” going into their home updates and the no-cost labor from volunteers and community members.

Loan payments and community contributions go back into Fox Cities Habitat’s Neighborhood Revitalization Investment Fund to financially support community projects and related program expenses.

Rock the Block Transforms Neighborhoods

It’s rewarding to physically see the results of a community joining together to make a difference in the lives of our neighbors. Everyone benefits from a clean, safe and well-maintained community.

Fox Cities Habitat has rocked the block throughout our region:

  • Fox Cities: Appleton (3), Menasha (5), Neenah (3), Kaukauna (2), Kimberly (1), Little Chute (1)
  • Regional: Brillion (1), Waupaca (1), New London (1)
  • Over 500 Projects
  • Nearly 300 homes repaired
  • Dozens of new homes built in Rock the Block neighborhoods
  • Hundreds of donors
  • Thousands of volunteers

See Rock the Block at Work:

Let’s Make it a Rock the Block Party. Join Us!

If you’re interested in sponsoring or contributing financially to this transformational neighborhood revitalization project, visit our Donations page. To learn more about volunteering for Rock the Block events, visit our Volunteer page.