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.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Single family homes
  2. The homeowner must occupy the home as their primary residence.
  3. Income must be above 30% – 80% of the Summit County Average Median Income guidelines. Proof is required.
  4. All property taxes must be paid and up to date, not on a delinquent paid contract. Proof is required.
  5. 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.
  6. Homeowner’s Insurance must be current and paid to date. Proof is required.
  7. 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

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Cuyahoga Falls A Brush With Kindness Home Repair

  • Copy of driver’s license or state I.D. for anyone 18 years of age or older, residing in the home.
  • Proof of income for anyone 18 years of age or older, residing in the home. Acceptable forms of income include: past two (2) months’ pay stubs, SSI, Disability, or pension statement, past two (2) years’ income tax returns for those that are self-employed, and proof of any other form of income.     
  • Proof of Homeowners Insurance (only a copy of the declarations page is needed).
  • Proof of Mortgage (if one exists on the home) and that it is current.
  • Proof of current utility bills, past two (2) months’ statements for water, gas and electric.

Habitat for Humanity of Summit County is contracted by the city to:

  • Income qualify loan applicants 
  • Conduct a comprehensive home inspection
  • Develop a scope of work that ensures the end result is satisfactory
  • Oversee all aspects of the rehabilitation process

Applications are accepted year round, but projects are scheduled between April 1 and October 31.

Applications may be downloaded or picked up in the City of Cuyahoga Falls Development Department at 2310 Second Street in Cuyahoga Falls, online at www.cityofcf.com, or at Habitat for Humanity of Summit County Administrative Offices at 2301 Romig Road in Akron.