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Reclaiming Our Community One Block at a Time

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Welcome to ROC the Block, Portsmouth’s new initiative to Reclaim Our Community for residents across the city. Community and quality of life start with safe, attractive and inviting neighborhoods. Places where families of all races and backgrounds can live and thrive together. That’s what Roc the Block is striving, pushing and advocating for in ways large and small. Join us!

Message from the
City Manager

City Manager Tonya Chapman

Thank you for visiting our ROC the Block resources page. I hope you will use these resources and join us in these efforts to improve our neighborhoods, along with the lives of everyone who calls them home. ROC the Block isn’t just one single event or idea. It’s a long-term commitment to do anything and everything we can to make our neighborhoods safe, attractive and prosperous. That includes volunteer beautification events, assistance and encouragement in finding good, living-wage jobs and careers, and anything else, large or small, that will help our neighborhoods thrive. Let’s Reclaim Our Community together!

Tonya Chapman

Portsmouth City Manager

Let's reclaim
our community!

Upcoming Events

Making a difference takes energy and teamwork. Please join in when you can!

Now — November 30

Stay Tuned for New Events in March 2023

Check back soon for more details!

Past Events

Connect with us to stay updated with ROC the Block and all things Portsmouth!

Cradock Community Clean-up Day<br>October 8, 2022

Cradock Community Clean-up Day
October 8, 2022

Prentis Park Community Clean-up Day<br>September 10, 2022

Prentis Park Community Clean-up Day
September 10, 2022

Prentis Park Community Walk<br>August 18, 2022

Prentis Park Community Walk
August 18, 2022

Community Survey

Your input and ideas are wanted and needed. This Community Survey is a great place to start.

Take The Survey


From a first job to a career change, we’re here to help Portsmouth residents prepare for and connect with the best opportunities around.

Let’s Get to Work!

City Careers

The City of Portsmouth offers jobs and careers with good pay and benefits. Take a look at the jobs that are open right now!

See available jobs

Resources for Residents

Making a difference takes energy and teamwork. Please join in when you can!