Habitat for Humanity begins new program to rehab homes

Planning committee members meet in preparation for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s new initiative, A Brush With Kindness.  An exterior home preservation program, A Brush With Kindness offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping, and minor repairs for homeowners in need. From left are Oswego County Habitat for Humanity board members Alan Williams, Bob Smith, John Zanewych, Rich Hughes, and Bruce Holman.  Absent from photo is committee and board member Allen Ness.
Planning committee members meet in preparation for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s new initiative, A Brush With Kindness. An exterior home preservation program, A Brush With Kindness offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping, and minor repairs for homeowners in need. From left are Oswego County Habitat for Humanity board members Alan Williams, Bob Smith, John Zanewych, Rich Hughes, and Bruce Holman. Absent from photo is committee and board member Allen Ness.

Oswego County Habitat for Humanity has begun a new initiative to help low-income homeowners with necessary home repairs and increase the curb appeal of their property.  

Working in partnership with the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, Oswego County Habitat for Humanity has begun its A Brush with Kindness program. An exterior home preservation program, A Brush With Kindness offers painting, landscaping, weather stripping, and minor repairs for homeowners in need.

Rich Hughes, Habitat for Humanity board member, said the goal of the program is to serve low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who are struggling to maintain the exterior of their homes.  

“A Brush With Kindness, with its focus on preserving and rehabilitating homes, is a perfect compliment to our core mission of making decent, affordable housing available to low-income families,” said Hughes.

Projects available through A Brush With Kindness include: 

  • Exterior scraping, caulking, and painting
  • Window repair (screen, glass, glazing)
  • Minor siding and trim repair
  • Minor roof repair and soffit or fascia replacement
  • Door replacement
  • Landscaping (pruning and trimming, weeding, reseeding)
  • Cleanup, brush / junk removal
  • Weather stripping

“A Brush With Kindness is part of Habitat for Humanity’s larger Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative. This initiative gives us a great opportunity to help more families in need, as well as have an impact on the entire neighborhood,” added Hughes.

Habitat selects families based on income, need and willingness to partner. Habitat volunteers provide most of the labor, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to keep costs low and take no profit for their services. 

A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner. Partner families themselves invest hundreds of hours of labor – “sweat equity” – into building their homes and the homes of others.

Community members interested in applying for Oswego County Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness may visit oswegohabitat.org to download an application. Applications state the specific financial and other requirements of the program. 

For more information, email abwk@oswegohabitat.org, or call 751-4663.  A Brush With Kindness is underwritten by a grant from Valspar, Habitat’s National Paint Partner.

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