Habitat for Humanity of Oshkosh exists to provide a world where everyone has a decent place to live. An independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat Oshkosh is a champion of affordable housing through the simple concept of bringing people together to create meaningful change.
“Habitat’s mission is to bring people together to build homes, hope and community,” said Jeff Potts, executive director. “What we’ve found is if we focus on bringing people together it’s so much more efficient to build (or fix) homes and that allows us to create a sense of community. Once you feel that sense of community, it gives everyone hope for a better future. That’s what we are here to do.”
While most people are familiar with Habitat’s home-ownership program (based on building and selling homes with a zero percent interest rate to qualified families) the organization also works to revitalize neighborhoods through strategic partnerships. Working with partners such as re:TH!NK Winnebago County, Habitat is launching a program called Rock the Block (also with Greater Oshkosh Healthy Neighborhoods Inc. and the City of Oshkosh) to provide affordable repairs and improvements to properties in the Sacred Heart Neighborhood Association. The program seeks to connect neighbors to make literally connect and build a stronger sense of community.
Oshkosh’s first Rock the Block will take place in Spring of 2019. Habitat for Humanity and Social and Place Connectedness Team are discussing together to increase in-person social connectedness in Oshkosh.
For more information contact Habitat at (920) 235-3535 or RockTheBlock@HabitatOshkosh.org.