A Brush with Kindness receives grant to improve Wellington Heights Neighborhood

April 3, 2013

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A Brush with Kindness receives grant to improve Wellington Heights Neighborhood (Cedar Rapids)-  On Saturday, April 6, at 1620 7th Avenue SE, a group of community volunteers will begin work on improvements to the Wellington Heights neighborhood. The day will mark the start of many improvements to the neighborhood this summer, thanks to A Brush with Kindness.  

Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity (CVHFH) and the Affordable Housing Network, Inc. (AHNI)  have teamed up to improve dozens of home exteriors in a targeted 18-block area of Wellington Heights.  The Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation has awarded the two groups a two-year, $60,000 program grant to support the effort that will produce maximum community impact on owner-occupied homes.
The exterior improvement project is an extension of the TotalChild project already begun in May 2012 by Four Oaks, AHNI, Wellington Heights Neighborhood Association and Jane Boyd to improve housing interiors/exteriors and increase the number of single-family homes in the neighborhood.   CVHFH has a successful track record of working on exterior housing improvements in Wellington Heights starting in 2010 and partnering with AHNI on the Block by Block flood recovery project from 2009-2011. 

A Brush with Kindness has begun to identify the first 15-20 owner-occupied homes. Improvements to the homes this spring and summer will include scraping, painting, light exterior carpentry and landscaping.  Two site supervisors, employed by CVHFH, will coordinate volunteers to participate in A Brush with Kindness, while AHNI continues its interior work on TotalChild homes. 

To find out more about the project, contact Jeff Capps at Cedar Valley Habitat for Humanity or Joe Lock at Affordable Housing Network, Inc. Interested homeowners should contact Jennifer Robinson at 319-366-4485 or familyservices@cvhabitat.org.