CONNECTING PEOPLE

PRESERVING SAFE, STABLE HOMES

Welcome - This blog was created to discuss the common questions and topics concerning the start-up and ongoing operations of A Brush with Kindness and Age in Place

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Potential Pitfalls with ABWK

At TCHFH we've had to deal with many issue's along the way as we started and grew A Brush with Kindness. Some of the issue's we have resolved and some we are still dealing with as we continue evolving our principles and practices concerning ABWK.

At TCHFH we've had to deal with many issue's along the way as we started and grew A Brush with Kindness. Some of the issue's we have resolved and some we are still dealing with as we continue evolving our principles and practices concerning ABWK.

Below are the most significant issue's we've had to work through to become a healthy, thriving program. Also, most of the issue's below are also one's we get affiliate inquiries about as well.

- It’s all about the family and their story.
      Focusing on the family first and then the building project will help to answer other issue's.


- Getting everyone at the affiliate on the same page with ABWK
     
Should home preservation be as big of a priority as homebuilding? Understanding housing stability and how it complements homebuilding. Is ABWK a drain on homebuilding or an organizational asset?

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Integrating ABWK with homebuilding

- Marketing and dual branding

- Funding projects: be creative and use family stories.

- Don’t chase number of families served: build relationships, tell stories and the numbers will come.

- Who will you serve?


- Choosing qualified families

- Finding eligible families


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Volunteer experience

- Family circumstances: understanding the diversity of family values

- Family partner process/sweat equity

- Communicating effectively with families

- Affordability and repayment

- Working with Vulnerable Adults

- Work scope: where to stop

- Working on a home with lead

- Understanding differences: homebuyers and ABWK homeowners

- Working with current Habitat homeowners


Over the next few months I will focus a blog post on each of the issue's and share how we've overcome potential obstacles to our growth and sustainability. I would love to hear from other affiliates on how you've dealt with these issue's and even others not listed. Understanding and effectively working through these issue's will determine the programs value to your affiliate and it's ultimate impact in your communities. ABWK Manual

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