Who is an eligible homeowner for A Brush with Kindness?
- Own and live in a home in Bucks County needing repairs
- Need assistance to do the repair due to disability, frailty, demands of single parenting, or other family circumstance
- Up-to-date on property taxes and mortgage payments
- Total household income is under 80% of Bucks County’s median income
What types of home repairs can be done?
- Install handicap-accessible ramps, railings
- Landscape to improve drainage, accessibility, or safety
- Exterior repairs to doors, windows, porches, and minor roof repair (no roof replacement).
- Siding repair
- Minor structural repairs
Interior home safety repairs:
- Grab bars, railings, reduce tripping hazards
- Improve lighting and access to outlets/switches
- Minor bathroom and kitchen modifications
How much do I pay for home repairs?
- Homeowners pay a % of the total cost based on their income. Habitat Bucks raises money from sponsors to help fund the full cost.
- A Brush with Kindness offers a no interest loan which homeowners can pay back over time.
- Homeowners are required to partner in all aspects of the repair project. Part of the application process is deciding how to be partner, e.g. recruiting family members to help with the repair, or providing lunch for the volunteers.
- Habitat keeps costs low by using volunteer labor and donated or discounted materials when possible.
How do I apply?
- Fill out this inquiry form and a staff person will contact you.
- Call or e-mail Karen Reever, 215-822-2812 x304, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where else can I go for help with home repairs?
Print out this flyer about A Brush with Kindness home repair program and share it with other Bucks County homeowners.
Margaret can now leave her home…
Margaret, a disabled senior citizen living in her life-long Croydon home, was having great difficulty entering and leaving her property. In fact, she often had to crawl up and down the five concrete steps up to her front door. Margaret’s situation had deteriorated to being totally housebound when she learned about A Brush with Kindness through a Bristol Township referral. Margaret got her life back through the installation of a handicap-accessible ramp. Within two days of the project’s completion Margaret called to say “My special blessing that I have received so far is I was able to make my way to my son’s home down the street in time to see my two grandsons go to their prom. I even had my picture taken with them.”
Employees from PARX Casino rally to make Eileen’s porch and steps safe…
One Bensalem project exemplifies how A Brush with Kindness repairs a home’s exterior and builds community. Eileen lives alone. Her deck, railings, and steps were rotting. Each time Eileen left her home she risked a fall. Habitat Bucks, PARX volunteers and Eileen joined forces to rebuild it all to be safe and secure. Plus, they painted the whole house. Eileen told us “These folks came after working nightshift, built me a safe structure, put their caring into the project, AND they wanted to do more (PARX volunteers later surprised her with a Thanksgiving gift basket)! I’m reeling from this outpouring of love from complete strangers. Your program is aptly named. A Brush With Kindness can’t get any kinder than this.” Three years later Eileen’s restored pride in her home continues. She is quick to tell others, “Habitat Bucks can help you, too.”
Kevin’s father no longer needs to bump his wheelchair down the steps …
Kevin lives alone in a mobile home in Morrisville. He had a serious accident 15 years ago that resulted in permanent disability and generally deteriorating health. Recently his leg was amputated, requiring him to use a wheelchair. Kevin’s father, who is Kevin’s main caregiver, called Habitat Bucks for help. We provided and installed a ramp that allows Kevin to now get in and out of his home safely and independently. Both Kevin and his father are very grateful for making both of their lives a bit easier.