Habitat Further Extends Helping Hand

A Brush with Kindness program offers minor repairs, painting for low-income homeowners


Payson Area Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program helps low-income families repair and maintain their homes.

Payson Area Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush With Kindness program helps low-income families repair and maintain their homes.

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Payson Area Habitat for Humanity has always operated with the theme, “A hand up, not a hand out” and now it is extending those helping hands beyond home construction.

The board and volunteers have launched A Brush with Kindness program to fix up the outside of houses for qualified low-income homeowners, including minor repairs, weatherization, painting, screen repair, railing/trim/door repairs, fire-wise work and ramp repairs.

The volunteers will start on minor exterior issues and move on to more extensive work if they have the manpower.

“Payson Area Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness is part of a larger neighborhood revitalization initiative. It gives us a great opportunity to help more families in need, as well as have an impact on the entire community,” said Cindy Kofile, chair for the BWK program.

“Helping people repair and maintain their homes fits in seamlessly with PAHH’s core mission of making decent, affordable housing available to low-income families,” she said.

The group also hopes to help Rim Country veterans with home repair issues as well as enlist veterans and other club members as volunteers. Applications for assistance are available at the ReStore, the PAHH “thrift shop” at 103 E. Highway 260, Payson.

To qualify, a homeowner must have an income of 60 percent or less of the area’s median income, own a home and provide some sweat equity. To apply, homeowners must outline their needs so a PAHH/BWK team can come out and develop a plan, with a budget of about $250 per project. Homeowners should contribute at least eight hours, either on the project or on other PAHH endeavors.

Businesses and individuals can contribute tax-deductible materials for the BWK or other PAHH projects. For instance, Payson Paint & Supply donated $10,000 worth of discontinued Valspar Paint.

To learn more, call (928) 474-0330 or go online to www.payson habitat.com. Donate at http://az gives.razoo.com/story/Brush-With-Kindness or P.O. Box 1131, Payson, AZ 85547.

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