Home Preservation: A Brush With Kindness (ABWK)

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah is a nonprofit housing ministry which strives to eliminate poverty housing in Washington County, one family at a time. In addition to building adequate housing, our affiliate serves the community through our “A Brush with Kindness” program, a home preservation program implemented in 2010, with a focus on providing such exterior services as painting, landscaping, yard clean up, and minor structural repair for low-income families in Washington County. ABWK uses volunteers, donated materials, and no interest loans (when necessary) to make repairs affordable, helping qualified homeowners continue to live independently and securely in their homes.

The HFHSWU “A Brush with Kindness” program is part of Habitat for Humanity International’s broader community development strategy, a holistic approach which assists communities as well as families by revitalizing the appearance of the neighborhood, strengthening connections and, most importantly, helps preserve and create affordable housing.

To date, Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ABWK program has completed dozens of home repair and renovation projects for low-income families in Washington County, including tree and shrubbery trimming, tree removal, roof repair, house painting, fence repair; building of wheelchair accessible ramp building; installation of windows, doors, light fixtures; weatherization; irrigation repair; and other projects.

Why Home Preservation Matters

A Brush with Kindness ensures families live in safe and well-maintained homes.

Program Qualifications

*  Must be a homeowner and meet the following Income requirements

Family Size Yearly Income
1 12,100 – 34,300
2 13,800 – 39,200
3 15,500 – 44,100
4 17,250 – 48,950
5 18,650 – 52,900
6 20,050 – 56,800
7 21,400 – 60,700
8 22,800 – 64,650


Must also be willing to partner with HFHSWU by providing sweat equity, working on the project with volunteers, and agreeing to a small interest-free repayment plan.

The Process

  1. Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ABWK committee reviews all applications and selects partner families based on income, need and willingness to partner.
  2. Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah ABWK committee schedules projects based on scope of work, availability of expertise, and availability of funds. All home preservation projects use volunteer labor and donated materials to keep costs low.
  3. A no-interest loan is made to the homeowner to cover the cost of the project. Payments made by the homeowners are placed in a revolving fund to help the A Brush with Kindness program serve others in need.

For More information or to see if you qualify, fill out the form below.

If you have other questions about our Home Preservation program, our team can be reached at or community@habitatswu.org.