Lutherans in the Twin Cities

Metro Paint-A-Thon invites applicants for home repair

Metro Paint-A-Thon, a program of the Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches, helps low-income seniors and people with disabilities continue to live independently in their own homes, enriching their lives and neighborhoods, by providing maintenance work for individuals who cannot physically do the work or afford to hire a contractor. Each August, thousands of volunteers scrape, prime, and paint these homes at no cost to the homeowner.

This effort brings stability and beauty to neighborhoods in more than 45 cities throughout the seven-county metro area. This year, volunteers from companies, congregations, civic groups, and schools will paint homes the weekend of August 4-5.

To qualify for Paint-A-Thon, homeowners must:

* Own and occupy a single-family home, in need of paint, but not in need of major repairs

* Live in Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott or Washington county

* Be 60 years of age or older, or have a permanent physical disability (if under 60)

* Meet monthly income guidelines

Eligible homeowners can take advantage of this program by calling the Metro Paint-A-Thon office at 612/276-1579 for further information or to request an application. Applications can also be downloaded at paintathon.gmcc.org.

The deadline to apply for maintenance assistance is May 4, 2012.

Since 1984, Metro Paint-A-Thon volunteers have painted more than 6,250 homes across the Twin Cities metro area.

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