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Brothers Redevelopment Brings the Paint-A-Thon to Colorado Springs, Courtesy of ANB Bank

***For the first time in decades, the nonprofit will stage the 40-year volunteer house-painting tradition in Colorado Springs
Thanks to new sponsor ANB Bank

COLORADO SPRINGS — Brothers Redevelopment’s Paint-A-Thon program is marking its 40th year brightening the homes and lives of senior homeowners by launching its first painting project in Colorado Springs in 20 years on Sept. 8.

Thanks to financial support and employee volunteers from ANB Bank, a crew will paint the home of an income-qualified senior or disabled homeowner — at no cost to them.

Through Paint-A-Thon, Brothers has painted roughly 7,400 houses using more than 133,000 volunteers — and we’re ready still to take on Front Range houses whose eligible owners need and want an exterior paint job.

The Paint-A-Thon program offers qualified homeowners the chance to devote their resources and fixed incomes to other important costs, such as medication, groceries and bills, without having to forgo maintenance of their most important investment—their home. Painting a home can cost upward of $5,000.

The Paint-A-Thon is yet another way that Brothers is improving the lives of Colorado Springs residents.  In March, the City of Colorado Springs extended and expanded its three-year relationship with Brothers by tapping the nonprofit to relaunch its Residential Rehabilitation Program. It offers grants for income-qualified homeowners to make important and essential repairs that improve at-home mobility and safety.

During that same time span, Brothers has been providing housing counseling and rental navigation to Colorado Springs residents, thanks to support from the Colorado Division of Housing and El Paso County.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to stage our signature event in Colorado Springs,” says Jeff Martinez, president of Brothers Redevelopment.  “Because the Paint-A-Thon relies on donations, we just had to plot a sustainable financial path to offer this great service to seniors outside of the Denver area.  Thanks to ANB Bank, this can now happen.”

Everyone needs a little Paint-A-Thon in their lives:

  • Nominate a family member, friend, neighbor or yourself
  • Must be an income-eligible homeowner of 60+ or disabled
  • Homeowners must stay in the house at least 2 more years
  • Homeowners must be onsite the day of painting
  • The house can’t be taller than one and a half stories
  • The house must need an exterior paint job
  • Volunteers must be able to finish painting in 1 day
  • Volunteers can make minor exterior repairs, clean up yards

For everything you needed to get involved as a homeowner, volunteer or sponsor: Call Brothers Redevelopment, 720.339.5864. Or, email Chad Nibbelink at chad@brothersredevelopment.org. Visit BrothersRedevelopment.org.

About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Denver-based nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.

About ANB Bank — ANB Bank is a bank with the strength, talent, commitment and security to fulfill our business and personal customers’ financial needs. Whether it’s deposit services, loans or investment management & trust services, ANB customers will experience creative and flexible solutions to satisfy customers’ financial needs across 30 banking centers serving Colorado, Wyoming and the Kansas City metro area.


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Colorado Springs provides $500,000 to improve single-family housing stock 

****The City of Colorado Springs is providing $500,000 to rehabilitate single-family housing under a program managed by housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment

*** The City is using federal funds and Brothers’ expertise to make essential repairs at homes of low- and moderate-income residents 

**Brothers Redevelopment will vet homeowner applications and use an open bidding process to choose among approved, qualified contractors and service providers to complete 50 to 65 projects

*For Brothers services, please call toll-free at Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632, or email hmr@brothersredevelopment.org

Colorado Springs, June 4 — The City of Colorado Springs is providing $500,000 from its Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program in a major effort to improve single-family housing stock for its low- to moderate-income city residents between now and March 2019.

The City of Colorado Springs has selected trusted Front Range housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment Inc. to manage 50 to 65 projects at single-family homes. The work includes making essential repairs, correcting substandard or unsafe conditions, removal of any mobility barriers for the disabled and improvement of energy efficiency. Brothers continues to offer emergency water, sewer and heating system repairs through this program.

Under the new grant program, Brothers Redevelopment staff will review completed applications and give priority to households with elderly homeowners or disabled family members. Income-qualified households will be contacted by a housing rehabilitation coordinator to schedule an initial inspection of the home.

Residents who may apply for funds include those homeowners whose incomes are at or below the area median income (AMI), which is $38,850 for a family of four. The home must be the owner’s primary residence, lie within city limits and have a value that does not exceed $251,750, as stated on the El Paso County Assessor Public Record Search.

Brothers Redevelopment is no stranger to Colorado Springs residents. During the past three years, the nonprofit has been working with the city through its community development program to repair and stabilize homes. Last year, more than 50 households in Colorado Springs (and 12 in unincorporated El Paso County) benefitted from the program.

In late 2017, Brothers Redevelopment opened a Colorado Springs office and began providing free housing and rental counseling to residents. This year, the agency plans to offer its popular Paint-A-Thon in the area — a program that recruits teams of volunteers to paint the homes of income-qualified senior and disabled homeowners at no charge.

“Brothers Redevelopment is honored to play a greater role in housing preservation for Colorado Springs residents,: said Brothers Redevelopment President Jeff Martinez. “Through our efforts, we hope to help homeowners stay in their homes longer and more safely, and to stabilize neighborhoods throughout the city.”

Complete information on eligibility and the application process is provided on the Colorado Springs website. (coloradosprings.gov/community-development/page/application-programs). Residents can download an application at the city site or request one from Brothers Redevelopment, by emailing hmr@brothersredevelpment.org or by calling Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632.

If interested in applying, submit a completed and signed application by mail to Brothers Redevelopment Inc., 2250 Eaton St. Garden Level B, Edgewater, CO 80214; or, send it by fax to 303-274-1314.

Brothers’ Home Modification and Repair Department (HMR) will develop an open and competitive bidding process to create a list of qualified, licensed and insured contractors to carry out projects under the program.

To receive more information about the program, or to learn more about Brothers Redevelopment’s comprehensive housing programs and services, such as its Aging In Place Initiative for seniors, please call Colorado Housing Connects, 1-844-926-6632, or visit brothersredevelopment.org.

About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Front Range nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.


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Lakewood Help for Homes Sept. 21-22

***The City of Lakewood and housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment partner to brighten the homes and neighborhoods of our residents!

**Nonprofit Brothers’ first-ever Lakewood Help for Homes Project!

*140 volunteers, 8 households and unlimited fun and good will!

Lakewood — Brothers Redevelopment’s Volunteer Department is teaming up with the City of Lakewood to paint eight homes, make minor house repairs and clean up yards. This epic effort will boost our neighbors’ spirits and connections with their community, help preserve residential property values and improve residents’ chances for stable home ownership.

About 140 volunteers will have a brush with greatness as this painting and cleanup “machine” gets to work at 8 a.m. each day for senior residents and persons with disabilities across Lakewood.

City employees from Public Works, Employee Relations, Planning and Community Resources make up five of 12 groups of volunteers. Others hail from West Metro Fire Department, McLain High School, South Jefferson County Rotary Club, Academy Mortgage, TCF Bank and HKS Inc. People from all walks are uniting in the common purpose of beautifying homes and Lakewood.

Paint and repair jobs like these will save each homeowner upward of $5,000 and benefit them all for years to come by helping them protect the value of their homes and their opportunities for aging in place. These local investments help stabilize whole neighborhoods.

Spread the word to potential clients who could use a hand like this and to people who love to serve their communities (while having a blast).

Experience why Brothers’ projects with great civic partners like those in Lakewood have flourished for almost five decades! Come meet our unforgettable homeowners, including:

  • A 71-year-old mother who is the primary caregiver for her 47-year-old daughter with Down syndrome
  • A former Jefferson County library worker and crossing guard now in her mid-80s
  • A 71-year-old former dance instructor who prizes self-reliance as she battles MS
  • And other homeowners who are equally interesting and deserving of a helping hand

Thanks again to the City of Lakewood and the spirited volunteers who step up to make a difference in their communities.

About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Denver-based nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.


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Ask the right questions, get the best answers for buying a home

***Brothers Redevelopment’s free First-Time Homebuyers class

**Homebuyer class enrollment is up 400 percent since 2014

*Classes required for many downpayment-assistance programs

Colorado Springs, July 5 — The Front Range housing market is a tough market for first-time homebuyers to crack, but with rent prices often even more prohibitive, would-be homeowners are filling up classes required by lenders and down-payment assistance programs as fast as nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment can schedule them.

Class attendance for May 2018 had increased four-fold over 2014, jumping from 43 attendees to 172 (in the workshop and online). More classes are coming up, and the schedule will be updated on our website, BrothersRedevelopment.org.

“These classes are priceless for first-time homebuyers,” says Fairway Independent Mortgage officer and volunteer presenter Kari Abt. “They are a real eye-opener for what to expect and what home ownership really means. It’s the best preparation you’ll get — unbiased answers from experts.”

A variety of down-payment assistance programs are available for first-time homebuyers, and they require these new purchasers to learn about the basics, start to finish, from HUD-certified instructors, such as nonprofit Brothers’ experts. This knowledge gives homebuyers the  best chance to succeed in achieving and sustaining home ownership.

Brothers Redevelopment provides first-time homebuyers with this information through free workshops, one-on-one counseling and, for those who don’t have time to attend class in person, online courses are offered through eHomeAmerica. However, the online courses require a fee of $99 for one person (and additional $49 per person for others in the household). And, check with your lender — some require an in-person class.

These free classes for homebuyers as well as workshops on how to be successful renters are offered in the Denver area and in Colorado Springs area.

The classes hold the answers to your questions and also let you know which questions you should be asking real estate agents, lenders and yourself. From finding a lender to understanding interest rates, from signing a contract to maintaining a home and your investment in it, Brothers’ classes give homebuyers valuable information.

Roxanne Rebolledo and Regan Mungmee said they believed they were well-informed before the class, but they still learned new and helpful information at a recent class.

“It’s raised some new questions for us,” Mungmee said. “The instructor is really good.”

Brothers’ experts are the workshop instructors, along with volunteer mortgage officers who address the lender perspective. First-time homebuyer counseling sessions and workshops are provided in English and, soon, Spanish-language courses will resume.

  • Get connected to a knowledgeable housing counselor (free one-on-one counseling)
  • Obtain an official Certificate of Homebuyer Education to present to your lender
  • Be more informed about the home-buying process and ownership responsibilities

Here’s how to enroll in class:

Prospective homeowners can contact Housing Counseling by calling 303-202-6340, or email us  at cyndi@brothersredevelopment.org. In Colorado Springs, you can also email anitaj@brothersredevelopment.org, or call housing counselor Anita Jones, at 719-888-9134.

Learn more at BrothersRedevelopment.org, or REGISTER NOW for an upcoming workshop (at https://brothersredevelopment.wufoo.com/forms/first-time-home-buyer-class-registration/.)

 

 

About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Denver-based nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.


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40th Paint-A-Thon Event Day Aug. 18!

***Epic volunteerism — Brothers marshals ~480 volunteers!

**Paint-A-Thon volunteers to complete 20 home and yard projects!

*Senior neighbors get free exterior house painting and great fun!

* After Painting Party at Blue Moon Brewing Co., 2 p.m. 

Denver Metro Area, Aug. 18 — If our communities ever needed a feel-good, do-good day, this is it!

Paint-A-Thon brings it 8.18.18!

At 40 years old, Brothers Redevelopment’s volunteer juggernaut, Paint-A-Thon, is just as lovable and better than ever at gathering the forces of good to lift up whole neighborhoods and improve the lives of Colorado seniors and persons with disabilities across the metro area.

Each year Paint-A-Thon rejuvenates 100 or more homes. This year we will go well beyond that mark. Over 40 years, more than 133,000 volunteers have painted close to 7,400 homes. On Event Day Aug. 18, 400 volunteers will tackle 20 projects.

Paint jobs like these will save each homeowner upward of $5,000 and benefit them all for years to come by helping them preserve the value of their homes and age in place. These local investments help stabilize whole neighborhoods.

Brothers and its generous sponsors are so proud of the happy tradition that is Paint-A-Thon that we are asking you to join us. Spread the word and joy — to potential clients who could use a hand, to people who love to  serve their communities while having a blast, and to a whole metro area that could use some good news.

Experience why the Denver City Council is proclaiming Aug. 18 Paint-A-Thon Day. Denver Councilman Albus Brooks will be on hand along with a huge working contingent from DEVO (Denver Employee Volunteer Organization). The mayor traditionally stops by.

Come meet our unforgettable homeowners, including:

  • A Regis University retired housekeeper who is a devoted gardener even after five eye surgeries and the loss of most of her vision
  • A retired Denver beautician who hangs on to her home despite gentrification forces and pressure to sell; she uses leftover construction materials she finds discarded to work on her own improvement projects
  • A disabled Thornton tradesman and his faithful Chihuahua, Brutus, who are grieving the loss of his family member and caregiver
  • A retired Littleton bistro server whose severe knee problems have hindered her own longtime efforts to repair and update her home
  • An 87-year-old recent widow who wants to stay in her home of 56 years
  • A 64-year-old Children’s Hospital employee in Aurora recovering from hip replacement surgery
  • An 81-year-old Denver woman who is caring for her husband of 50 years as he battles Alzheimer’s disease; she still works part time at her church
  • A couple looking forward to celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their two Schnauzers; the husband, a veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, struggles with chronic illnesses that keep him off ladders
  • A disabled Denver woman who has a simple dream of a red door and shutters on her home
  • And all our other homeowners who are equally interesting and deserving

Brothers has set up a media-help station at one site, the Bowdoin residence at 3758 Milwaukee St. in Denver — though all projects are open to reporters. Call or email us for other project addresses.

Brothers Redevelopment’s own staff will be busy running around Aug. 18, so we kick off this event the day before by painting, with some of our board members, the home of our neighbor — a longtime Denver artist working on a photography project documenting the history of Lakeside Park (near her home).

The first 100 volunteers to arrive at the After Party, set up by DEVO, will get a free beer ticket at Blue Moon, 3750 Chestnut Place in Denver.

And thanks again to the proud, the tired and the paint-splattered who make over a wide swath of the metro area with us each year.

About Brothers Redevelopment Inc.— Established in 1971, this Denver-based nonprofit provides a range of housing solutions for the region’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents.


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THE MISSION:

Under threat of being erased from Denver’s urbanscape, the historic neighborhoods and families of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea (GES) are taking a stand against displacement and housing shortages.

To preserve affordable housing and community identity and values, neighborhood residents have become leaders shaping their own better future through the creation with nonprofit partners of the GES Coalition. Together they have established the GES Community Land Trust and GES Affordable Housing Collaborative to ensure long-term community ownership and oversight of housing.

Summary of Goals:

  • Preventing displacement of residents
  • Preserving affordable housing and neighborhood character
  • Fostering community ownership and oversight
  • Advocacy for recommended policies and zoning Summary of Activities:
  • Activating resident leadership
  • Creating GES Community Land Trust
  • Forming the GES Affordable Housing Collaborative
  • Assessing housing needs
  • Developing housing programs
  • Raising funds for investment in affordable housing

RESULTS:

The GES Affordable Housing Collaborative — a partnering of community members in the GES Coalition, nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment Inc. (BRI) and the Colorado Community Land Trust (CCLT)— has received a $2 million grant from the Colorado Department of Transportation for mitigation of impacts from expansion of Interstate 70 through the neighborhoods.

  • The generous $2 million CDOT grant awarded Brothers enables the collaborative to acquire single-family homes for placement in the neighborhood land trust, by which residents may own their dwellings and even resell them, while the land itself remains in trust for the community.
  • The partners will set aside more than $300,000 to rehabilitate houses and preserve the hard-earned equity of existing homeowners.
  • Other portions of the grant will be applied toward new construction/redevelopment of parcels/properties that also will provide affordable housing for dozens of families in the neighborhood.
  • The collaborative will work with federal, state and local leaders, as well as foundations, to leverage the substantial investment made by CDOT.

2250 Eaton St., Suite B,
Denver, CO 80214

Main Phone Number: 303-202-6340
CHC Phone Number: 1-844-926-6632
info@brothersredevelopment.org

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