Five Families Selected for “Brush with Kindness”

Habitat for Humanity: 12 families applied for the program, only eight qualified.

Written by AMY FAN / Published August 26, 2011  

Five Temple City families have been selected to be a part of the “Brush with Kindness” program.

The newly formed home rehabilitation program is co-sponsored by the city of Temple City and the San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to finally have this come to be,” said Councilwoman Cynthia Sternquist during the October 5, 2010 community redevelopment agency meeting.

Appointed to the City Council in 2009, Sternquist pushed for a partnership with the non-profit organization. On July 6, the City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, finally approved a contract between the City and Habitat for Humanity.

According to Damien Allen, director of corporate and community sponsors, 12 families applied, but only eight were qualified.

Applicants had to meet a number of requirements that include financial, residency, ownership, and insurance.

A selection committee, composed of Habitat for Humanity board members and community volunteers, then narrowed down their choices to five families.

The application process lasted a little more than a month, Allen said.

Anybody could have applied.

“We made the opportunity to apply for the program available of Temple City’s residents,” he said.

The City Council appropriated $50,000 for “Brush with Kindness” for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The City plans to use Community Development Block Grant monies to fund the program.

Allen hopes that members of the community will volunteer for the five Temple City projects.

“We would like to have as many Temple City residents and community members on site as possible,” he said.

While the City is sponsoring the select families, there is an expectation that they work alongside of Habitat. The select families will be required to spend a certain number of hours making repairs to their own homes, the Habitat staff previously said.

For more information on the “Brush with Kindness” program, please visit the city of Temple City’s website or the San Gabriel Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

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