A Brush with Kindness Program (ABWK) – Coming Soon!
Starting in the summer of 2020, L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity is offer an Affordable Home Repair program for qualified and approved homeowners in the L-C Valley, so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Some of our affordable home repair work includes painting and landscaping, to preserve home exteriors and revitalize neighborhoods. The ABWK program is a Habitat program that mobilizes volunteers to provide exterior home maintenance assistance to low-income homeowners.
How does A Brush With Kindness Program Work?
A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is an exterior home repair preservation program that offers painting, in addition to landscaping, and minor exterior home repair services to eligible homeowners.
VOLUNTEERS HELP WITH THE REPAIRS
Our A Brush With Kindness program allows unpaid volunteers to perform the affordable work for our eligible homeowners. The volunteers who work on the home are unpaid volunteers. A few, if any of them, are trained in the building trades and may be unskilled or have had previous experience.
- Families partner with Habitat based on income, need and willingness to help.
- We use volunteer labor and donated materials to keep costs low.
- An affordable loan or grant is made to the homeowner to cover the cost of the work. Payments are placed in a revolving fund to help ABWK serve others in need.
Qualifying homeowners contribute sweat equity by working side by side with volunteers to complete the work if they are able. Volunteers perform the vast majority of all the work on these homes.
Volunteers are recruited through businesses, churches and community groups. Volunteer teams of various sizes are matched with homeowners to work on and complete assigned tasks.
The goal of A Brush with Kindness is to serve families living in substandard housing by mobilizing volunteers in a meaningful community-building effort. As a result, homeowners have the opportunity to experience a stronger neighborhood and improve their quality of life. Volunteers have the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of others and to build teamwork among co-workers, friends and family. Communities are often revitalized through the investment of time and resources in the refurbishment of these homes.
ABWK addresses a critical and often overlooked need: After years of deferred maintenance, homes fall into disrepair. This can lead to a downward spiral: code citations, the loss of homeowner insurance and ultimately mortgage foreclosure. These effects hurt not just individual homeowners, but also entire neighborhoods. In most metropolitan areas, few housing programs help low-income homeowners with their housing maintenance issues.
- Families need to live in safe and well-maintained homes.
- Neighborhoods become revitalized.
- Community connections are made.
- Affordable housing inventory is preserved.
You must demonstrate the following requirements:
- Own and occupy a home that needs and could benefit from the ABWK program as defined above.
- Meet income guidelines– See Income Requirements below (INCOME).
- You are unable to complete projects due to age, disability, or other circumstances (NEED).
- You are willing to complete 24 hours of “sweat equity” working with L-C Valley Habitat for Humanity on their home or other Habitat volunteer opportunities, as (WILLINGNESS TO HELP).
- Pay a $100 non-refundable deposit, and 10, 15 or 20% of materials cost for the project. Sliding scale based upon income.
- Home must be in Nez Perce or Asotin Counties, since this is our service area.
- Must not be any liens against the property other than mortgage liens.
- Homeowner must be current on insurance and property taxes at time of repairs and through repayment period.
- Applicant must be a homeowner, must live in the home, and the home must be the homeowner’s primary residence.
- Home cannot be used in a manner that violates local, state, and federal law.
- At the time of selection, homeowner must intend to continue to reside in the home as primary residence for no less than three years.
- Family must agree to continue to maintain the home to the best of their ability (keep neat, clean, and in good repair) so as not to reduce its value or that of the neighborhood.
- Fill out all of the online or pdf application; incomplete applications WILL NOT be considered
- If the question doesn’t apply to you, you may mark N/A or leave it blank.
- Attach additional sheets as needed
- Sign and date the authorization and release forms
- If there are co-applications, both must sign
- Mail, drop off or upload additional requested documents- see follow section for list of documents
Please upload or send copies of the following documents:
- Your newest income tax return.
- If you did not file taxes for this past year, please provide a letter, signed by you, that states you did not file taxes and the reason why.
- Your last 2 paycheck stubs or other proof of income.
- You last 2 bank statements showing all checking, saving, and loan balances.
- If you do not have a bank account, please write that on the application.
- Proof of child support and/or public assistance if you receive them.
- This includes SSI, TANF, Social Security, disability, food stamps, etc.
- Proof of home ownership.
- Deed of Trust or recent property tax receipt will be sufficient.