A Brush with Kindness

Home Repair Program

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 live in safe and stable homes. That’s why more than 1,800 local families have partnered with Twin Cities Habitat on home repairs through A Brush with Kindness.

What is A Brush with Kindness?

Our home repair program utilizes a combination of volunteers and contractors to help homeowners accomplish the following repairs:

 

What we do

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  • 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

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  • cosmetic repairs
  • handyman repairs
  • emergency repairs
  • large structural repairs
  • building additions

Are you eligible?

Read through the following criteria to see if you are eligible to apply for the A Brush with Kindness program:
  • 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.
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How much will this 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

  • 25% 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

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 check back this summer for more information about when applications will be made available for projects beginning in Winter 2017-2018.

Applications will be available for families living in the Minneapolis and St. Paul promise zones on June 1, 2017 for home repairs completed during 2018. Please call us for an application at that time. 

Map of Minneapolis Promise Zone [PDF]

Map of St. Paul Promise Zone [PDF]

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