Evergreen Habitat for Humanity program partners with low-income homeowners in Washougal

The nationwide program helps homeowners in need of exterior home repair by providing volunteer labor and donated materials to complete projects

WASHOUGAL — Evergreen Habitat for Humanity is bringing A Brush with Kindness program to the Washougal community. The nation-wide program partners with low-income homeowners in need of exterior home repair by providing volunteer labor and donated materials to complete projects.

A Brush with Kindness is designed to revitalize the appearance of neighborhoods, encourage connections within the community, and most importantly, help preserve affordable housing stock. Examples of the work performed include minor exterior repairs, painting, weather stripping, brush removal, wheelchair ramps and landscaping.

“We’re excited to begin work on A Brush with Kindness projects in the Camas-Washougal area,” says EHFH Development Director Amy Lodholz. “We know, like in all parts of Clark County, there are families in need in this area. We encourage residents to help us spread the word about these opportunities both for applicants and volunteering.”

Applying for Evergreen Habitat for Humanity’s A Brush with Kindness home repair program is a multi-step process that takes one to four months. To apply for assistance, homeowners must have an income within 35 to 60 percent of the local median, own their home and have homeowner’s insurance.

Selection criteria for this program is based on need, willingness and ability to accept financial responsibility and willingness to partner with Habitat for Humanity. Once the application is approved, the amount of time required to complete the home repair project depends upon the nature of the work, weather, the number of other families who have already been approved for the program, and other related factors.

A Brush with Kindness is funded by a $5,000 grant from the Camas Washougal Community Chest, a nonprofit organization that coordinates raising funds for other local non-profits. Evergreen Habitat for Humanity aims to perform five projects or more within the Washougal area. Funds are available immediately and the project is expected to continue into 2019.

Homeowners interested in applying can email info@ehfh.org, call (360) 737-1759 x208, or stop by the Evergreen Habitat for Humanity office located at 10811 SE 2nd St, Vancouver.

To find information about volunteering for this project, visit https://www.ehfh.org/a-brush-with-kindness/.

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