A Brush with Kindness reaching out to many families in Middlesex County

Owning a home is harder than ever before. Increased unemployment and increased repair costs have made maintaining a home a true challenge for families in Middlesex County. It is more difficult today to keep a warm, safe and secure home. With ten “A Brush With Kindness” projects under their belt, Middlesex Habitat for Humanity is moving aggressively to help families throughout Middlesex County.

The program

“A Brush with Kindness” is a Middlesex Habitat for Humanity program that helps preserve local

homeownership by partnering with existing homeowners struggling to restore and maintain a safe and decent place to live. When basic expenses exceed income month after month, home maintenance is the usual casualty. Years of deferred maintenance can cause a downward spiral in home deterioration leading to unsafe living conditions.

With ten projects completed in 2012 and an additional six expected to be completed by June 2013, Middlesex Habitat has been extremely successful in translating the priorities and objectives set for the A

Brush with Kindness initiative to a plan of action that has worked. The program that began in November

2011 and funded in part through Middlesex United Way, has been successful in completing critical

renovations and repairs to the homes of ten eligible families in Middlesex County. Additional funding for the projects has been received from Liberty Bank, Webster Bank, Community Foundation of Middlesex

County, People’s United Bank and the Peach Pit Foundation.

Eligible partner families and individuals must meet the following requirements:

-must be a homeowner in Middlesex County and complete the A Brush With Kindness application form.

-family income must be under 60% of the Greater Middlesex County Area Median Income.

-the home identified in the application must be owner-occupied.

-the scope of work must match Habitat’s program resources.

-all able-bodied homeowners and residents of the home must work alongside volunteers.

-homeowners are expected to be cooperative partners with staff and volunteers.

No-interest loans are available to homeowners on larger projects, payable over time.

Read more here: http://www.habitatmiddlesex.org/files/MHFHBrush_With_Kindness_PRESS_RELEASE.pdf