Habitat for Humanity’s “A Brush With Kindness” (ABWK) Home Repair Program is a locally-operated program serving low-income homeowners who need help maintaining the exterior of their homes.
ABWK 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.
Habitat for Humanity of Summit County wants to help families be warm, safe and dry. Projects are completed April through November.
If you live in Cuyahoga Falls, please see the bottom of the page.
- Single family homes
- The homeowner must occupy the home as their primary residence.
- Income must be above 30% – 80% of the Summit County Average Median Income guidelines. Proof is required.
- All property taxes must be paid and up to date, not on a delinquent paid contract. Proof is required.
- If a mortgage on the home exists, it must be current with the lender and must not be in danger of foreclosure. Proof is required.
- Homeowner’s Insurance must be current and paid to date. Proof is required.
- All utilities, gas, electric, water, sewer and trash must be current. Proof is required.
Applying for ABWK
Applications are accepted year round, but projects are scheduled between April 1 and October 31.
A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is an exterior home repair program with a zero percent interest loan repayment.
The amount of your loan will include the final cost of the materials used in the repairs. All homeowners will also be required to complete sweat equity hours.
Effective September 27, 2017, Habitat requires a $50 down payment required if approved for the program.
Projects Available to Qualified Applicants:
- Porch, steps, ramp construction
- Interior framing/drywall repairs
- Limited foundation work
- Floor systems (floors, beams, joists, subfloor)
- Insulation installation
- Replace windows, interior doors
- Installation of interior accessibility aids (grab bars, railings, etc.)
- Roof replacement (full replacement including decking)
- HVAC work
- Electrical and Plumbing
- Gutter, downspout replacements
- Interior room modification or addition for accommodations