Neighborhood RevitalizationNeighborhood Revitalization is Habitat for Humanity’s holistic approach that expands upon its partnership with volunteers and new homeowners to also include neighbors and local organizations for an increased impact. While new home construction continues to play a vital role in Habitat Santa Barbara’s work, additional programs include A Brush With Kindness & Critical Home repairs, as well as other services that allow Habitat Santa Barbara to serve even more families in our community. Through this effort, neighborhoods are revitalized into vibrant, safe and inviting places to live for current and future residents. This happens thanks to the hard work of engaged citizens, partnerships with civic and business groups, and a renewed community spirit.
Current ProgramsA Brush With Kindness (ABWK) is Habitat’s exterior home repair program that helps preserve homeownership by partnering with low to moderate-income homeowners who cannot afford the necessary maintenance. To provide affordable repairs for qualified homeowners, Habitat Santa Barbara leverages volunteer labor. Volunteers weatherize homes, replace warped doors and windows, repair entry stairs, paint gutters and exteriors, and more. Critical Home Repair (CHR) is similar to A Brush with Kindness, with the exception that CHR provides both exterior and interior home repairs. Repairs under this program can include accessibility improvements and repairs that support aging in place. Homeowners who partner with Habitat Santa Barbara for these projects may include single parents, the elderly, people with disabilities, and veterans.
Please note: Habitat Santa Barbara does not provide immediate service repairs.
Each family must meet all of Habitat’s homeowner selection requirements:
1.Have a demonstrated need for critical health and safety repairs.
2.Household gross income must be below 80% of the Area Median Income (see below).
3.Be willing to partner with Habitat for Humanity, volunteers and the community. County of Santa Barbara AMI Guidelines