Minor Repairs

Habitat for Humanity’s Minor Repairs program helps low-income homeowners with small repairs they may not be able to afford to make. These repairs are things like fixing rotten steps on a front porch, installing a wheel-chair ramp, etc.

A Brush with Kindness is the home preservation portion of our Minor Repairs program and helps low-income homeowners spruce up their property with small projects they may not be able to afford, like painting the outside of their house.


To qualify, you must own your home and have lived in Whatcom County for the last year. You must earn more than 30% and less than 60% of area median income for your family size. (See the Income Eligibility Guidelines chart.)

In addition:

  1. You must be living in substandard or unsafe conditions. Please review the information sheet provided with the Preliminary Application to learn more about substandard or unsafe conditions.
  2. You must be able to make monthly payments on your repairs and have good credit.  Habitat for Humanity finances repairs at cost, with 0% interest, to people who qualify. Even though we don’t make a profit on our work, we need to get our payments on time so that we can keep on helping families.
  3. You must show a willingness to partner.  Homeowners who get repairs through Habitat are expected to complete sweat equity (volunteer work for Habitat) before and during their repair project. The number of hours of sweat equity you will need to complete is decided on a case-by-case basis, depending on how much your repairs cost. (We typically ask you for 8 hours of volunteer labor for every $1000 of repairs Habitat makes to your home.) We ask that all our partner families show effort and good faith in their dealings with us.

Apply for Minor Repairs or A Brush with Kindness

Please complete and submit a Home Repair Preliminary Application to get the process formally started.

You may return your completed application to us by mail, email or in person.