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A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) is Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity’s exterior home repair program available to homeowners who would otherwise be unable to improve and maintain their homes. ABWK empowers residents to participate in the transformation of the neighborhood and encourage a strengthened pride in their community.
The first priority of the ABWK program is to provide exterior repairs that help maintain the integrity and safety of the home. Repairs can include the following:

  • Roofs
  • Paint
  • Siding replacement
  • Porch and front step repair
  • Ramp construction

ABWK is not designed for complete renovations or extensive interior repairs; instead, our program is focused on helping families in need of improvements necessary for safety and protection from the elements.
Depending on the complexity of the work, home repairs are typically done by volunteers and/or subcontractors.

Interested in sponsoring an ABWK project?

Contact us at abrushwithkindness@dallas-habitat.org today!

DO YOU QUALIFY?

Follow the steps below to see if you qualify and find out the program requirements before you apply.

If you live in Dallas County, then click on Step 2
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  • Owner occupant of a single family home
  • Home must be located in a target area designated by Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (DAHfH)
  • Owner’s household income meets program guidelines
  • Owner is current on property tax payments or has an approved payment plan
  • Home meets the parameters of the exterior repair program (i.e. type, size and complexity of the repairs must fall within the program guidelines)

If you meet these qualifications, click on the next step to see the Program Requirements.

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  • Home is more than five (5) years old
  • The home cannot be a house previously built by DAHfH
  • Homeowner has a demonstrated need for repairs
  • Homeowner is willing to partner with DAHfH through sweat equity and repayment provisions
  • Homeowner and occupants must be subject to criminal and sex offender background check

If you have read and meet all of the qualifications and are commited to the program requirements, click on the button below to Apply for Critical Requirements.

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FREEMONT

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

freemont-location

Freemont is in South Oak Cliff located east of I-35E off of Kiest Blvd. Tax records showed that many residents in this neighborhood were over 60 years of age, and the majority of homes in this neighborhood needed a lot of work. While Dallas Habitat was unable to expand complete services to the area, the A Brush With Kindness Repair program has been able to reach out to some homeowners in need to repair their homes. This is the first ABWK-only neighborhood in Dallas.

$40,000 Invested

HORIZON ESTATES

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

horizon-estates-location

Horizon Estates is a small neighborhood in Oak cliff just south of the VA hospital. The typical income in this area is higher than most of Dallas Habitat’s target neighborhoods, but there are also many elderly families who were unable to perform necessary repairs but wanted to eventually pass quality homes on to their adult children. Most homes mostly needed roof and minimal siding repairs, which was a perfect fit for Dallas Habitat’s A Brush With Kindness program.

$40,000 Invested

SINGING HILLS

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

ABWK Only Neighborhood
First Repair: 2015

singing-hills-location

The Singing Hills repairs were sponsored solely by the Highland Park United Methodist Church (HPUMC). The neighborhood has older homes with some need for basic repairs fitting Dallas Habitat’s ABWK program. Unfortunately, early repairs in the area were unable to establish relationships and open doors for a more concentrated effort.

11 ABWK Homes

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