Home Preservation Programs
Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s Home Preservation (HP) programs. These programs are a part of our Neighborhood Revitalization (NR) Initiative, which serves more families with an expanded array of products, services and partnerships, empowering residents to revive their neighborhoods and enhance their quality of life.
Our two Home Preservation programs are: A Brush with Kindness (ABWK) and Critical Home Repair (CHR). In a nutshell, they provide minor repairs to homes that are owned and occupied by current residents. ABWK work ranges from $2,000 to $5,000 for minor cosmetic enhancements to the exterior of a home. CHR repairs range in cost from $5,000 to $20,000 primarily for interior repairs to relieve a homeowner in need of critical health, life and safety issues or code violations. The goal of both programs is to increase neighborhood livability, safety, and ultimately real estate values.
A brief overview of our Home Preservation guidelines:
- ABWK helps low-income homeowners improve the cosmetic appearance of the exterior of their homes. The program generally includes exterior painting, landscaping and minor repair services to help low-income homeowners, affected by age, disability or family circumstances who are struggling to maintain the exteriors of their homes.
- CHR helps low-income homeowners who are affected by age, disability or family circumstances and are challenged in maintaining the integrity of their homes. Eligible CHR improvements may include roofing, flooring and minor structural repairs; handicap accessibility modifications (wheelchair ramps, grab bars, and handrails); plumbing, HVAC, and electrical work; any other health and safety issues or code violations; and cosmetic exterior improvements, if possible.
- This is a “hand-up” program, not a “hand-out” program. Work performed must be repaid in part by the homeowner, based on income and affordability. To qualify for ABWK or CHR, Habitat uses income eligibility, demonstrated need, the willingness of the family to partner with Habitat, and the family’s ability to pay.
- ABWK and CHR are NOT emergency repair programs. There will be a waiting period of a few months for repair work to be done. During that waiting period, small advance payments are expected from families deemed eligible in order to demonstrate their ongoing willingness to partner with Habitat and to maintain their eligibility.