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 neighborhoods. Second, ROC will provide on-the-job construction training to unemployed veterans to refurbish, restore, and beautify properties. Supporting unemployed veterans through an on-the-job training program will increase ROC’s rehab construction costs and lengthen the time required to fully refurbish properties. However, 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-sustatining; no additional fundraising is necessary to keep the apartments operational.