Our Mission

Responsive to Our Community (ROC) is an IRS certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization formed with the civic purpose of assisting the neediest in Rust Belt Cities.  ROC has three interwoven missions.  First, ROC’s mission is to stabilize and rehabilitate neighborhoodsSecond, ROC will provide on-the-job maintenance and repair training to unemployed veterans to refurbish, restore, and beautify properties.  ROC is committed to stabilizing the neighborhood, both its people and its housing structures.  ROC’s third mission is to then provide newly renovated, safe, and affordable housing to homeless, battered families who are victims of domestic violence—no other mission could be more important than providing these individuals a new beginning.  

The neighborhood beautification and energy-efficiency housing created as a result of our efforts not only increases the City's tax base, but also helps halt the breeding of social ills such as increased crime rates and unsafe public spaces that stem from blighted homes and the negative perceptions associated with neighborhoods that contain them.

Best of all, the generated rental income from the affordable housing units make each home perpetually self-sustaining; no additional fundraising is necessary to keep the apartments operational.


What Makes ROC Unique

ROC's mission provides aid to a segment of the population that has been historically under-served. It focuses on supporting homeless abused families that are Very Low Income (below 50% Area Median Income (AMI)). Most other housing charities assist those at the 80%, or even 120%, AMI level. ROC is committed to assisting those that are the hardest to reach. ROC also works with sister charities to help its tenants secure a coordinator or case manager to ensure that the individual and their family are getting the physiological, emotional, and vocational training they need for future independent living.

Finally, ROC will develop these affordable housing units for the hardest-to-serve indigent citizens, with rehab construction costs of approximately $60,000/unit, which is less than half the average cost per affordable housing unit created by others in the country. A 2014 study on the average cost per affordable housing units in six US states conducted reported that Texas had the lowest development range of $103,943/unit [1] [2]. Our lower rehabilitation costs are achieved through volunteer legal, architectural, accounting, and administrative services.

ROC works with local sister organizations, including Clear Path for Veterans, Liberty Resources, and Catholic Charities to achieve its interwoven missions.

[1] Arizona $137,602/unit; Colorado $159,678/unit; Nevada $143,783/unit; New Mexico $129,284/unit; Texas $103,943/unit; Utah $115,967/unit.

[2] Retrieved from New Mexico Affordable Housing Cost Study, Novogradac & Company. August 2014, page 8.. August 2014, page 8.