A Brush with Kindness
Preserving Homes & Revitalizing Neighborhoods
A Brush with Kindness is a nation-wide effort to serve low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes through a preservation program that offers painting, landscaping and minor repair services to eligible homeowners so they can continue to live in safe, decent homes for years to come. Projects include painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor repair services.
How does it work?
Using volunteers and donated materials to make repairs affordable, Habitat helps low-income homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes. ABWK focuses on exterior home repair services such as minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and exterior clean-up and ABWK is a partner to Habitat’s core building program. It allows us to serve a different population than we currently serve, yet follows the same basic tenets for eligibility (need, ability to pay, willingness to partner). It is a direct fit with HFHI’s strategic plan to exponentially increase the number of families served.
ABWK serves as a companion to our core building program, enabling us to serve more families, expand our exposure within the community, increase opportunities for volunteers and develop our base of sponsors. ABWK revitalizes the appearance of neighborhoods, strengthens connections within the community, and helps preserve and create affordable housing stock.
ABWK serves low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. The program provides caring volunteer groups who are willing to come alongside and assist homeowners in completing the necessary work. Able-bodied homeowners work side by side with volunteers in a cooperative effort. This kind of homeowner-by-homeowner approach translates into stronger neighborhoods and communities.
Are you Eligible for Assistance?
If you can answer "Yes" to all the following questions, you may download an application here.
- Do you live within our service area of Aberdeen, Allentown, Atlantic Highlands, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Englishtown, Freehold, Hazlet, Highlands, Holmdel, Howell, Keansburg, Keyport, Little Silver, Long Branch, Manalapan, Marlboro, Matawan, Middletown, Millstone, Monmouth Beach, Morganville, Oceanport, Ocean Township, Red Bank, Rumson, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Union Beach or West Long Branch?
- Do you own your home or have a mortgage on the property?
- Is it your primary residence?
- Do you fall in the following income guidelines
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What paperwork is required for the application?
An application and documents to verify income and homeownership are required. The application can be downloaded here.
Why do we need this paperwork?
In order to verify you are eligible for assistance. In some cases we are able to provide additional assistance based on the information provided and home inspection.
How long does the application process take?
Each application and its supporting documents are reviewed by our committee. Notification can take up to 3 weeks.
How will I be notified whether or not I am eligible and chosen to receive assistance?
Someone from our committee will contact you with the status of your application.
Will I have to pay?
Homeowner financial responsibility is calculated on an individual basis. Homeowners may be responsible for some of the cost of materials needed, but generally no more than 10% to 40% of the total, based on the homeowner's ability to pay.
If you have any questions, please contact us at
(732) 728-0441 ext. 304