Habitat for Humanity launches home repair project

Open to residents of New Ulm, Hanska, Sleepy Eye,

Courtland and Lafayette

NEW ULM – The New Ulm Habitat for Humanity affiliate will begin repairing homes in partnership with qualified, low-income homeowners.

The new housing repair program called A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is aimed at providing painting, landscaping, weatherization and minor exterior repair services to low-income homeowners in need.

A Brush with Kindness has a goal to serve low-income homeowners who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. The work is done by volunteers who use donated materials whenever possible. The homeowner must meet criteria for selection for ABWK including demonstrated need, low income, willingness to partner and ability to re-pay a no interest loan. Payments made by the partner family are placed in a revolving fund to help ABWK serve others in need.

Minnesota Valley Habitat for Humanity will conduct the first ABWK project in late summer 2013. The program is available to residents of New Ulm, Hanska, Sleepy Eye, Courtland and Lafayette. Applications are available now from www.newulmhabitat.org, or by calling the office at 507-354-4287. The application process will run through April 30.

A Brush with Kindness is underwritten by a grant from Valspar, Habitat’s National Paint Partner.

For more information visit www.newulmhabitat.org or e-mail newulmhabitat@gmail.com

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