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April 7, 2012 Areawide, Local News No Comments

Volunteers and a homeowner who qualified for help with repairs at her home under the new Habitat for Humanity program called A Brush with Kindness. Photo source: Middlesex County Habitat for Humanity, captured image from video

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A new Middlesex Habitat for Humanity program, called “A Brush with Kindness,” will serve a much larger group of families and individuals in need.

“The new program partners with families who own their home, but because of circumstances, need assistance in resolving repair and accessibility issues,” Associate Executive Director Manny Cunard explained when the program was announced April 2.

“A Brush with Kindness” allows Habitat for Humanity volunteers to help families who would otherwise be living in substandard conditions or whose homes contain obstacles to accessibility.

Middlesex Habitat Humanity is now accepting applications for this program from families living in Middlesex County, which includes: East Haddam, East Hampton, Chester, Clinton, Cromwell, Deep River, Durham, Essex, Haddam, Middlefield, Middletown, Old Saybrook, Portland and Westbrook.

To qualify, families must meet these requirements:

  • Only homeowners can apply (i.e, not renters) and they must complete the Homeowner Application form.
  • Family income must be between 25 to 50 percent of the Greater Middlesex County “Area Median Income.”
  • The home identified in the application must be owner-occupied and located in Middlesex County.
  • The scope of work must match Habitat’s program resources.

The kinds of work that can be undertaken as A Brush with Kindness project include a wide variety of interior and exterior repairs such as:

  • Minor home repairs including plumbing, interior doors, wall repairs, and minor electrical and exterior painting;
  • Accessibility modifications including bathroom rails, ramps, wider doors and lowered switches;
  • Critical repairs including leaking roofs, bathroom fixture replacement, window and exterior door replacement;
  • Weatherization projects including attic insulation, weatherproofing doors and windows, and window and door replacement.

The families whose projects are chosen are expected, if able, to pay back the cost of the materials for all home repairs.

The projects will be completed by trained Habitat for Humanity volunteers under the supervision of Habitat Construction Manager Curtis Weybright.

Middlesex habitat for Humanity of CT. Inc. was founded in 1996 to provide simple, decent affordable housing for eligible families.

With the generous assistance and support of funders, donors, businesses and volunteers from throughout Middlesex County, Middlesex Habitat for Humanity can play a leading role in helping area residents continue ownership of safe, dry, well-maintained homes.

Questions? Please call Manny Cunard at the Habitat office at 860-343-9179 or visit the Web site www.habitatmiddlesex.org

Posted April 7, 2012

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