Do you have a home repair need? Maybe we can help!

A Brush With Kindness is a repair program through Habitat of Humanity for North Idaho that provides simple home repairs for low-income homeowners in Kootenai County. We work with families to identify the most important repair needs for their home. Some services may include house painting, yard cleanup, accessibility, critical repairs and weatherization. A Brush With Kindness is a volunteer-driven construction program, just like our home building program, and families must be willing to partner on the repair with “sweat equity.” We provide families with a hand up, not a hand out.

Repair Program FAQs

What is A Brush With Kindness?

Habitat for Humanity of North Idaho offers home repairs to low-income community members who own their homes. We don’t offer repairs for rental units. The maintenance of those units is the responsibility of the property owner. We use volunteers and donated materials when possible to lower the cost of our home repair services.

What type of repairs are offered?

Our repair program is intended to support the safety of our residents and the long-term maintenance of their homes. At our discretion, we provide interior and exterior repairs that solve safety, health or home preservation issues. Our capacity to repair your home is limited based on the availability of skilled and unskilled volunteers, along with your ability to repay the cost of the repair. We do not offer regular property maintenance services such as lawn care.

How do I apply for home repairs through Habitat of Humanity for North Idaho?

We have a short application form that we use to verify your information and your household income. You can verify that your household income meets our program requirements using the chart below. Our staff will review the repairs that you request for your home and discuss repayment options that we can offer.

Who qualifies for the Home Repair Program?

You can use the following chart to find the maximum income requirements for the program based on your family size. The repair program serves families up to 80% of Area Median Income. (Revised April 22, 2024)

NMLS ID# 1672570

Non-Discrimination Policy: Habitat commits to treating all applicants in an equal manner. The following attributes will NOT factor into any action for the Habitat homeownership program, including information-sharing, distributing applications, advertising or evaluating applications: race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial or marital status, disability, sexual orientation, age (provided the applicant can legally enter into a contract), income derived from public assistance, or a consumer who has, in good faith, exercised any right under the federal Consumer Credit Protection Act.