We build strength, stability and self-reliance.
Most people know that Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County BUILDS. We build homes. We build strength, stability and self-reliance through safe and affordable homeownership. Part of our mission is working to ensure that the residents of Dutchess County can remain in safe homes so they can thrive in their community. Dutchess County residents whose homes have fallen into disrepair due to financial and/or physical hardships are invited to apply to our Home Preservation Program.
What is Home Preservation?
Home Preservation Programs include:
Brush with Kindness is an exterior home preservation program that allows eligible homeowners to continue to live in safe, decent, affordable homes for years to come.
Examples projects include:
- Minor outdoor/external repairs
Critical Home Repairs are extensive interior or exterior work performed to alleviate critical health, life and safety issues or code violations for eligible homeowners in need.
Examples of projects include:
- Repair of porch steps
- Construction/Installation of RAMPS
- Repair/Installation of handrails
- Fitting bathrooms with accessible fixtures
- Creating safe access to utilities (i.e. moving washer/dryer out of basement)
- Structural changes to accommodate wheel chairs/walkers
Candidates for the Home Preservation Program must meet the following eligibility requirements:
√ have verifiable household income within the current allowable limits (generally, 80% or less of average mean income for the area);
√ are the owner of the home needing work;
√ reside at the Dutchess County home needing work;
√ must not be at risk of losing home to foreclosure and must make enough income to cover critical household expenses;
√ must be willing to contribute sweat equity to the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County;
√ must be able to make a financial contribution to help cover the cost of materials & supplies for the project, any cost for permits, and professional fees (as determined by HfHDC staff). (Amount of financial contribution is based on income and ability to pay.)
If you meet ALL of these requirements, we invite you to download, print, read thoroughly, complete and return the homeowner application for Home Preservation
Please note there is a fee for applying, which is based on the scope of the work required. This fee will be issued prior to signing on with Habitat Dutchess for the Home Preservation Program