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, 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

  • 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

Applications for exterior paint and repairs for 2019 have now closed, but we are accepting a limited number of smaller handy repair projects. Normal applications typically start around June. Keep an eye on our website for future updates or join the newsletter on this page to stay in the loop. If you are interested in a handy repair project, see below.

We are pleased to announce that we are accepting a limited number of applications for interior handy repairs!

Repairs may include:
  • Drywall/Plaster Repairs
  • Handrail Installation
  • Grab-Bar Installation
  • Minor Electrical
  • Minor Plumbing
  • Minor Heating
  • Minor Carpentry Repairs
  • Carpet/Tack Strip Removal
Space is limited! New applications are accepted during a limited time each year. If 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.

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


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