Our mission statement compels us to make safe decent shelter a matter of conscience and action for everyone in Western Lake Superior. That's a tall task! There are thousands of families living in poverty housing in the Twin Ports alone. How can we serve the over 300 very-low income elderly that own their home but are unable to perform the upkeep necessary to gracefully age in place?
A Brush With Kindness matches mostly elderly very low-income homeowners in need of exterior repairs with service groups, businesses, churches, and community clubs looking for opportunities to make a difference in their community. They sponsor the project and provide volunteers, Habitat for Humanity provides experienced construction coordination to oversee the project, purchase materials, pull permits and put the pieces in place for a successful workday. Repairs range from much needed yard clean up and landscaping to building access ramps. Most projects are completed in a single Saturday and allow the homeowner to enjoy safe, decent shelter for years to come.
Qualifying income minimums and maximums are determined by family size and are below 50% of the area median income. These guidelines are adjusted each year and are based on numbers defined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These figures include all forms of income: employment, public assistance of cash and food stamps, child support, alimony, etc.
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You must own your home and have valid Homeowner's Insurance in order to be considered for this program.
To apply for A Brush With Kindness, download an application and mail it to:
Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity
P.O. Box 1073
Superior, WI 54880