Housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment is now accepting applications for its 44th annual Paint-A-Thon season.
The free program utilizes volunteers to paint the exterior of homes for low-income seniors and disabled residents. Homeowners who live in Colorado Springs and in the Denver metro area are encouraged to apply — especially those who live in Commerce City, Arapahoe County and Lakewood.
Residents who are interested in applying for the program must be 60 years or older and/or have a disability, must own and reside in the Denver metro area or Colorado Springs and plan to live in their home for at least two years. To apply, call 720-339-5864 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The stress of deferred home maintenance is real for everyone — especially our clients who are often home more than most. Having their home painted often means they can shed a huge burden that they had been carrying for years and feel pride about their home instead of shame,” said Brothers Redevelopment Volunteer Department Director Chad Nibbelink. “It can even mean having the confidence to meet new neighbors on the block and reengaging the community.”
Painting the exterior of a home can cost up to $5,000 — but the Paint-A-Thon Program offers income-eligible homeowners the chance to save big and devote their savings to other important costs like medication or groceries.
Throughout the Paint-A-Thon’s 43-year history, Brothers Redevelopment has painted 7,635 homes. In 2021, the program completed 95 projects and saved homeowners $466,650.
“Paint-A-Thon clients want to take care of the outside of their home, but physical and financial constraints limit them from getting the work done. On average, it would cost our clients 25% of their yearly income to have their home painted,” said Nibbelink. “As a result, our aging neighbors are forced to watch their homes deteriorate or put themselves in great financial risk to get the home painted. With each home we paint, an aging adult household is better able to age well in their home.”