Our Program


A Brush With Kindness

Program Description
A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is Dallas Habitat for Humanity’s home repair program.  The program is available to low-income homeowners in neighborhoods where Dallas Habitat is building new homes.  ABWK provides a way for existing homeowners to participate in the transformation of their neighborhood.

Who Qualifies
The “A Brush With Kindness” program is available for households that meet the following:
•    Owner occupant of a single family home
•    Owner’s household income meets program guidelines
•    Owner is current on property taxes or has an approved payment plan
•    Needed repairs fall within the program guidelines
•    Home is more than five (5) years old
•    Homeowner is willing to meet sweat equity and repayment rules

Program Requirements
Twenty-five (25) hours of sweat equity (volunteer work) is required for each $5,000 increment of work performed on the house.  Sweat equity includes time spent working on the home along side DAHFH staff or volunteers.  Partner families also agree to be involved in organizations and activities that promote and strengthen the community.

In addition, there is a repayment requirement for repairs based on the estimated job cost, the family’s income, and ability to pay.  Homeowners with very limited incomes will have a five-year 0% forgivable loan (no loan repayment required as long as the homeowner continues to occupy the home as their primary residence).  

Type of Repairs
The first priority of A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is providing exterior repairs to help seal the home from weather and improve the livability of the home.  Exterior repairs include roofs, paint, siding replacement, porch and front step repair, and ramp construction.  While the program does not fully renovate homes and does not include extensive interior repairs, Dallas Habitat works closely with other programs to make ABWK as comprehensive as possible.  

Home repairs are made by volunteers or by subcontractors, depending on the complexity of the work. At this time we are not accepting outside applications.


For more information, please call A Brush With Kindness Coordinator Ethel Harris at 214-678-2331 or email her at eharris@dallas-habitat.org .