List of Helpful Resources For seniors, disabled individuals, or low-income residents: A Brush with Kindness Volunteers help low-income homeowners do minor exterior repairs, light landscaping, clean-up, and painting. Able-bodied homeowners work alongside volunteers on repairs. Application deadline is in May. Pat Lund, 612-788-8169 or firstname.lastname@example.org Handyworks Helps seniors live independently at home by matching them with people who can help with housekeeping, minor home repairs, lawn-mowing, snow removal, seasonal jobs, and outdoor chores. Application deadline is in the spring—please call for exact information. 612-721-8687, Ext. 329 Hearts & Hammers Volunteers paint the exteriors of homes owned by seniors who are not able to do the work themselves. They specialize in homes that are 2 stories or 2 ½ stories tall. They also do exterior rehab work, such as caulking, landscaping, etc., to restore the exterior character of the home and to improve its weatherproofing and security. All work is FREE and completed by a crew of volunteers in one day. Application deadline is in the spring—please call for exact information. 952-922-2451 Metro Paint-A-Thon Volunteers will scrape, prime and paint the exteriors of selected homes owned by persons 60 years of age or older or by persons with permanent physical disabilities. Application deadline is in May of each calendar year. 612-721-8687, Ext. 321 Rebuilding Together Rebuilding Together helps to preserve and revitalize houses, serving low-income homeowners, seniors, disabled persons, and families with children. They provide repairs - like roofing, plumbing, & electrical work - free of charge. 651-776-4273 Financing and Loans for a variety of income levels(check with your bank, too) Center for Energy & Environment (CEE) and Neighborhood Revitalization Program CEE offers a variety of low-interest loans and grants to Minneapolis property owners – including rental property - to help them fix-up their homes. On behalf of neighborhood groups, CEE also administers Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) low-interest and forgivable loans for home improvement. Call CEE at 612-335-5884. City Living Program. Home-improvement loans. 612-673-5282 GHMC Housing Resource Center The Greater Metropolitan Housing Corporation (GMHC) Housing Resource Center provides code-abatement loans, home-improvement financing, deferred loans, construction consultations, and housing information. Call Denise at 612-378-7985. Neighborhood Housing Services of Minneapolis Helps owner-occupants of select neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis with repairs and remodeling. Call 612-521-3581 to find out what programs may be available in your area.
Last updated Jan. 14, 2013