Rehabilitating Homes

Thank you for your interest in Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County’s A Brush with Kindness program.

Please note the most recent application period for this program closed May 22, 2022.  However, you may be eligible for our Home Repair Program.

In our A Brush with Kindness program, Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County volunteers donate their time and skills to help homeowners with external repairs and home improvements. Examples of projects we can accept include: painting a porch; landscaping, gardening, and lawn care; repairing or installing exterior handrails; power washing the exterior of the home; repairing window screens and fences. other minor repairs ·

Applicants for A Brush with Kindness must meet certain income requirements. The combined income for all occupants of the home must be between 30% and 80% of the average median income (AMI) of Dutchess County. Please refer to the chart below: 

To be eligible for A Brush with Kindness, you must also be able to answer “yes” to the following questions:

  • It is true that you have not used Habitat of Dutchess County’s Neighborhood Day Program in the past?

  • Is this project for an owner-occupied home (not a rental)?

  • Does your home need minor repairs?

  • Do you have financial or physical limitations and can’t complete the project yourself?

  • Are you willing to contribute a $25 application fee if your project is approved?

  • If you are not physically able, will a family member or friend work with Habitat volunteers to complete the project?

  • Can the project be completed without using a ladder more than six feet tall?

  • Can the project be completed in a single day?

  • When the project is completed, are you willing to contribute a dish to a Community Lunch where volunteers and homeowners relax and enjoy the accomplishments of the day?

If you do not meet the requirements for our program, please refer to our list of Service Providers who may be able to help you. If you are age 60 or older, you may be interested in the Dutchess County Office of the Aging Resource Guide which has information about services that address health, isolation, hunger, and lack of transportation.  The Service Provider list and the Resource Guide are available here:

If you do meet the eligibility requirements for our A Brush with Kindness program, please refer to our interest form, which you can download, save, fill out, and send back to us.  We will add you to our information list and review your project to consider it for approval.

If you have questions about the interest form or would like more information about A Brush with Kindness, please call us at (845) 297-7610 option 4, or send an email to

If you are interested in volunteering find out more here.