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What is A Brush with Kindness? 

We believe that every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers for you to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Our paint and repair program provides health and safety repairs that can help you maintain a safe and stable home. That’s why more than 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity's A Brush with Kindness program!


The A Brush with Kindness program focuses on exterior painting, and health and safety repairs. Our home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners affordably maintain their homes.


What we do

  • Exterior Painting
  • Carpentry repairs on roofing, siding, doors, windows
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps and handrails)
  • General cleaning (does not include regular lawn care or snow removal)

What we don't do

  • Interior repairs
  • Emergency repairs
  • Driveway Paving
  • Cosmetic repairs (Remodel)
  • Large Structural repairs (Foundations, waterproofing, etc.)
  • Building additions (Rebuild garage, finish basements or attics)

Who is Eligible?

  • Home is in 7-county Twin Cities metro area
  • Owner occupied for at least the last 2 years and have homeowners insurance
  • Household income below 80% of Twin Cities median income
  • Needed repairs match what ABWK does
  • Cannot have received assistance through ABWK in the past 2 years

What does it cost?

A Brush with Kindness repairs are affordable. You have two repayment options:

1) 2-year, monthly repayment plan that is customized for your affordability

  • Payments dependent on ability to repay, but will not exceed $250 per month. Discount if you select this option!

2) 10-year forgivable mortgage, no monthly payments

  • Mortgage amount declines by 1/10 each year

Applications closed on July 30, 2020.

Check back with us in May, 2021 for program updates.

Applications are taken for a limited time annually. When you submit an eligible application, Habitat staff will visit your home to understand your repair needs. Habitat staff, volunteers, and/or contractors will complete your repairs within one year of your application.

Applications are considered first-come, first-served until the deadline has been met or until all available resources have been committed - whichever occurs first. Space is limited, keep an eye on the website for program updates.

Please contact us at abwk@tchabitat.org or call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program, the application process or documentation required.

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