Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Searching for Homes That Need Repair

As the Preserve a Home program develops its A Brush With Kindness (ABWK) throughout Ventura County, we continue our search for more homes that need some "TLC".  ABWK is Ventura County Habitat for Humanity's program that helps lower-income homeowners complete simple, exterior home improvements.  In the past 6 months, we have "brushed" 3 homes and the 4th is nearing completion.  But that's not enough, we need to find more families and homes to serve.  We are accepting applications from all throughout the County, but for this next particular wave of ABWK homes, we are specifically looking for owner-occupied homes in the Nyeland Acres/El Rio area and/or in the City of Ventura's westside.  
The ABWK program is simple in nature.  Habitat for Humanity provides the donated volunteer labor and the homeowner pays for the necesary materials to repair the home's exterior through a zero interest loan.  Yes, you read correctly, a zero interest loan.  You don't see too many of those nowadays, especially in construction.  These loans can range up to $5,000 and payments are individually tailored for each famliy based on financial need. However, to qualify for this program, homeowners must meet a minimum criteria.
As part of our search, we will be having a presentation on the ABWK program and how it works at the Nyeland Community Center (3334 Santa Clara St.) on Thursday February 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm. We will feature some cool before and after pictures of the homes we have transformed and answer questions as well.
Do you have a home that can use some work? Or do you know of someone that can benefit from this great service? For further information, details on how to qualify or to download a Pre-Application, please visit our website or call (805) 485-6065, ext. 202.