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 to installing a new roof and siding. Most projects are completed in a single Saturday and allow the homeowner to enjoy safe, decent shelter for years to come.
Why do we ask for a sponsorship fee before initiating an ABWK project? When Western Lake Superior Habitat for Humanity offers hope to someone in need we want to be certain we make good on that promise. As Luke 14:28 cautions, " For which of you, desiring to build a tower, doth not first sit down and count the cost, whether he have wherewith to complete it?" Our continuing capacity to serve as many deserving families as possible relies on our ability to budget for and complete construction projects in an efficient manner. So that someday all God's children will have a safe place to sleep.
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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
2002 W Superior Street, Suite 9
Duluth, MN 55806
Application Deadline for Projects to be completed in 2013 is March 1, 2013. Please allow 6-8 weeks for processing.