Housing Programs
Brush with Kindness and Ramps & Rails

Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County.  We are not taking in-person appointments, but we are responding to emails and phone calls.  

If you are interested in applying for a home, or need services in connection with our A Brush with Kindness or Ramps and Rails program, please complete and submit the pre-qualification form.  We will acknowledge the receipt of these forms, conduct an initial review of your request and keep your information on file if you meet the basic initial requirements.  Please contact Marianne for more information at mherring@habitatmonmouth.org, or call 732-728-0441, ext. 311.

Ramps & Rails

The Ramps & Rails program aids elderly and disabled individuals by working with them to design and build a ramp that fits their home. Our volunteers build, under the supervision of our construction staff, each ramp to enable our partner families to maintain their independence.

A Brush with Kindness

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, 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. A Brush With Kindness program focuses on home repair services such as minor exterior repairs, landscaping, and exterior clean-up. Ramps & Rails supports elderly and disabled homeowners to achieve and sustain their independence.

These programs allow us to serve a different population than we currently serve, yet follows the same basic tenets for eligibility (need, ability to pay and willingness to partner).

Ramps & Rails and ABWK serve as companions 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. These programs revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, strengthen connections within the community, and help preserve and create affordable housing stock.

Our programs serve low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes and provide 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.

If you have any questions, please contact Marianne at mherring@habitatmonmouth.org (732) 728-0441 ext. 311

Are you Eligible for Assistance?

Please click here to complete the initial pre-qualification form for assistance. Once received, someone from our office will contact you to review your information.


What paperwork is required for the application?

An application and documents to verify income and homeownership are required. Please contact Marianne Herring at mherring@habitatmonmouth.org for an application.

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 staff. 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 staff will contact you with the status of your application.

Will I have to pay?

Homeowner financial responsibility is calculated on an individual basis. Homeowners will be responsible for 10% to 20% of the project cost based on their household income.