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Critical Home Repair

Critical Home Repair Program

This program can help existing low-income homeowners who physically or financially can’t afford vital maintenance of their homes.  This is a great opportunity to be a part of a program that benefits our entire community.  Volunteer teams are matched with homeowners based on the size of the project. A Brush with Kindness helps revitalize the appearance of the neighborhood, strengthens connections within the community and helps preserve affordable housing stock.

The application for our Critical Home Repair program can be downloaded here.


  • Home must be owner-occupied – NO RENTALS

  • Mortgage and taxes must be up to date

  • Must be willing to agree to incur a loan and/or property lien (if applicable).

  • Detailed “Scope of Work” will be signed prior to start date

  • Family must make long term commitment to occupy the home

  • Must submit all documentation requested by HFHNEMI

  • All able-bodied residents (18+) may need to contribute sweat equity based on project size

  • Homeowner must be onsite at all times while HFHNEMI is present

  • Owner must be realistic about scope of project and agree that some of the work may be completed by volunteers

  • All pets must be contained while staff/volunteers are onsite

  • No smoking, drinking, or drug consumption will be tolerated while staff/volunteers are onsite

  • No one will be in possession of a firearm while staff/volunteers are onsite

Funding Sources May Include:


  • HUD

  • DTE/Consumers Energy

  • The Home Depot

  • Thrivent Builds

  • Besser Foundation

  • Carpenters Club

  • Community Foundation of Northeast Michigan

  • United Way of Northeast Michigan

  • Neighborhood Revitalization Priority Home Repair Program

  • Home Plus Aging in Place - Alpena County Older Persons Critical Home Repair

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