What is A Brush with Kindness? 

Every family should have the opportunity to affordably maintain and preserve their home. But many situations can create barriers to keep up with repairs, including unexpected life events or loss of income. Families are stronger when they lie in safe and stable homes. That's why more that 2,000 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat on home repairs through A Brush with Kindness.

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, flooring, doors, windows
  • Mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating
  • Tree trimming and removal
  • Safety and accessibility modifications (ramps, grab bars, ADA toilets, lever-handles for doors and faucets)

What we don't do

  • Handyman 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

How to apply

Extended deadline- please submit your application by November 16, 2018 by 4:00 p.m.
This year we are only accepting requests for exterior painting projects to be completed in 2019.

Complete the form on this page and we'll let you know when applications become available.

New applications are accepted during a limited time each year. If you submit an eligible application, 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.

Please call 612-788-8169 with any questions you might have about the program or the application process.

 

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