The ROC Cohort Program supports cross-sector community groups in identifying community-led solutions that address barriers to economic mobility in their local economies.

The 2024 Cohort program will offer two tracks: inclusive rental housing, in partnership with NeighborWorks America, and workforce development, in partnership with Equitable Cities Consulting. Each community cohort will enroll in one of the two available tracks.

For Prospective Applicants

For more details on the 2024 program, attend an upcoming informational webinar on August 22 or September 14, or download our brochure.

Cohorts will be composed of six to eight members representing either the local workforce development or housing sectors, and led by an organization with deep ties to the local community.

Suggested collaborators in Equitable Workforce Development may include:

  • Nonprofits (such as training centers, economic development corporations, workforce development organizations)
  • Public entities (such as workforce boards, community development departments, school districts)
  • Private organizations (such as major employers, chambers of commerce)
  • Tribal Nations
  • Local workers associations and local or regional colleges

Suggested collaborators in Inclusive Rental Housing may include:

  • The public sector (school districts, planning or community development departments)
  • Major employers (such as hospitals, workforce housing providers)
  • Funders or financial institutions
  • Tribal Nations
  • Housing organizations (such as builders associations, property managers, housing providers)

During the yearlong ROC program, cohorts participate in a racial equity training program led by research and practitioner experts, attend interactive webinars on topics related to housing or the labor market, and receive coaching and advising from national community and economic development leaders.

Cohorts will develop a multiyear equity plan designed to strengthen their regional economy through community-led, data-driven strategies. Participants will also engage in peer learning and have opportunities to network with communities across the nation facing similar challenges.

The application is now open. Click here to apply.