A Brush With Kindness

A Brush with Kindness ensures that families live in safe and well-maintained homes. The program is designed to revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, encourage connections within the community, and most importantly, help preserve affordable housing stock.

How we do it

  • Habitat selects partner families based on income, need and willingness to partner.
  • We use volunteer labor and donated materials to keep costs low and take no profit for their services.
  • A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner to cover the cost of the project. Payments made by the homeowners are placed in a revolving fund to help A Brush with Kindness serve others in need.

ABWK projects are developed as we have volunteers and funding. Please note that as of summer 2016, we are not currently accepting ABWK applications.  Feel free to contact info@tchabitat.com with questions about the program; the ABWK application and eligibility information will be re-posted when we resume this service.


Family Name/s
Address (Including City & State)
Estimated Gross Yearly Income for Household (must fall below maximums above):
Do you live in Cortland or Tompkins County?
Do you own and occupy your home? (Power of Attorney will be considered)
Is your home in forbearance, workout or foreclosure?
Is your mortgage more than 30 days delinquent?
Is your home at immediate risk of being condemned?
Is your home at imminent risk of being forcibly surrendered under eminent domain?
Do you have current homeowner’s insurance?
Are the taxes current on your home?
Have you ever declared bankruptcy? If so when was it discharged? (A Chapter 7 must be discharged, a Chapter 13 must have been filed more than three years ago)
What are sources of income – where do you work? (also count Social Security income, Section 8, child support, any other sources of household income)
How many people live in your house?
Briefly describe what work you need done on your house/yard:
How did you hear about Habitat?
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