A Brush with Kindness helps low-income homeowners impacted by age, disability and family circumstances, who struggle to maintain the exterior of their homes. We partner with these families with exterior repairs, yard clean-up, exterior painting, and light landscaping to help them reclaim their homes with strength and dignity.

A Brush with Kindness 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.

A Brush with Kindness Projects

A Brush with Kindness includes basic outdoor repairs and isn’t designed for critical repairs or for work that is time sensitive. Here are some examples of repairs that would qualify.

  • exterior painting/staining
  • minor repairs
  • porch/deck repairs
  • wheelchair ramps
  • light landscaping
  • outdoor clean up


A Brush with Kindness Requirements

Applicants must:

  • be a Madison or Clark County Homeowner.
  • be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • demonstrate a genuine need for assistance with the repair.
  • be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity of Madison and Clark Counties by helping with your repair (accommodations are available for those with disabilities that make them unable to help).
  • home must be the primary residence of applicant(s), and applicant(s) must have lived in the home for a minimum of one year prior to applying, and plan on living in the home for a minimum of three years after work is completed.
  • be current on their mortgage payments.
  • have homeowners insurance with liability coverage (proof of insurance required).
  • be current on homeowners insurance premiums.
  • be current with their property taxes.
  • have a total household income at or below 60% of the Area Median Income. You can see the maximum income for various sized families below. 

Household Size/Maximum Income
(Madison County)

Household of 1:  $32,100
Household of 2:  $36,720
Household of 3:  $41,280
Household of 4:  $45,840
Household of 5:  $49,560
Household of 6:  $53,220
Household of 7:  $56,880
Household of 8:  $60,540

Household Size/Maximum Income
(Clark County)

Household of 1:  $37,560
Household of 2: $42,900
Household of 3: $48,240
Household of 4: $53,580
Household of 5: $57,900
Household of 6: $62,160
Household of 7: $66,480
Household of 8: $70,740

Applying for A Brush with Kindness

If you feel you meet the criteria above, please fill out the application below and return it to us the address below. 

Along with your online application, we will need the following before our volunteers can come to your home to make an assessment. 

  • Proof of Insurance (ask for an insurance declaration)
  • Verification of residences (Utility bill, bank or credit card statement, etc.)
  • A drivers license or other government issued picture ID with your current address for every person age 18 and older in your household. 
  • two most recent pay stubs for each employed household member employed. Every individual 18 years and older that is residing in the home and working must be included.
  • If applicable, include documentation of non-employment income or assistance with the application D if the residents over 18 years of age are not working and receiving benefits. [SSI, CT Welfare, child support, pension payments, Medicaid, HUSKY, AlV, etc.

Once you have submitted your application and supporting documents, we will review your application to ensure all A Brush with Kindness criteria are met.

If your application meets the A Brush with Kindness criteria, our volunteers will come to your home to meet with you and assess the repairs you have requested. At least one homeowner must be present at the time of the assessment.

While at your home our volunteer will gather information to help us determine which repairs we will be able to complete.

Applications and supporting documents can be sent to:

PO Box 186 
Richmond, KY 40476