Nonprofit paints homes for free for older adults, people with disabilities in Denver metro area

Program seeks homeowners along Front Range, especially in Commerce City, Arapahoe County, Lakewood, Arvada

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Posted 3/18/22

Painting the exterior of a home can cost up to $5,000, according to a local nonprofit — and that’s a cost many people, especially those living on low incomes, can’t afford.

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Nonprofit paints homes for free for older adults, people with disabilities in Denver metro area

Program seeks homeowners along Front Range, especially in Commerce City, Arapahoe County, Lakewood, Arvada

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Painting the exterior of a home can cost up to $5,000, according to a local nonprofit — and that’s a cost many people, especially those living on low incomes, can’t afford.

That’s why housing nonprofit Brothers Redevelopment paints the outside of homes for low-income seniors and disabled residents for free.

Homeowners who live in the Denver metro area or Colorado Springs are encouraged to apply, especially those who live in Commerce City, Arapahoe County, Lakewood or Arvada, according to the nonprofit.

“The stress of deferred home maintenance is real for everyone — especially our clients who are often home more than most,” Chad Nibbelink, Brothers Redevelopment’s volunteer department director, said in a news release. “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. It can even mean having the confidence to meet new neighbors on the block and reengaging the community.”

The nonprofit’s Paint-A-Thon program offers income-eligible homeowners the chance to save a large amount of money and devote their savings to other important costs like medication or groceries, the news release said.

Residents who are interested in applying for the program must be 60 years or older 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, email chad@brothersredevelopment.org or call 720-339-5864.

Throughout the Paint-A-Thon’s 43-year history, Brothers Redevelopment has painted 7,635 homes, according to the news release. In 2021, the program completed 95 projects and saved homeowners $466,650, the release said.

The free program uses volunteers to paint the homes.

“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,” Nibbelink said in the release. “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.”

Brothers Redevelopment, a metro Denver-based organization, provides housing and housing-related services for Colorado’s low-income, elderly and disabled residents, according to the news release.

Brothers owns and manages 17 affordable housing communities along the Front Range, offering more than 700 homes to income-qualified residents, according to the release.

Brothers “has worked with countless supporters, local governments, public and private agencies, and tens of thousands of volunteers to provide a broad spectrum of housing-related services to hundreds of thousands of clients across the state,” the release said.

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