One home was completed and there are three more homes in the pipeline.
CAN officials screen the applications and forwards those meeting the requirements to Habitat for Humanity to perform on-site inspections and provide estimates. If Habitat officials approve the house, CAN officials provide the funding for the paint and Habitat staff does the painting.
One applicant said she had recently lost her parents and that she had to take over the mortgage payments.
“I am just scraping by,” she said.
A new coat of paint would be a real blessing for her and her neighbors, she added.
Another applicant is disabled and has several debilitating illnesses that take up most of her resources and time. Her house has not been painted since she moved in 13 years ago.
Still another applicant, a widow who has been trying to pick up the pieces of her life since her husband died, said her house maintenance had been neglected. Her joy in learning about CAN’s “Paint the Town” program was obvious on her face during the home inspection and is one of the reasons CAN strives to connect Sun City residents with resources.
To be eligible for the “Paint the Town,” program property owners must be Sun City residents and live in the home in need of painting. Financially, their income needs to be below 150% of the federal poverty level, or $1,562 per month for singles or $2,113 for two person households. Applicants must also have less than $13,300 in savings.
Not everyone meeting these criteria will be selected. It will also be based upon the greatest financial need or the homes most in need of paint.
To apply, call Sun City CAN at 623-933-7530.
Residents who would like to donate to something that will be of great benefit to a homeowner and enhance Sun City can do so by sending a check to Sun City CAN, 10195 W. Coggins Drive, Sun City, AZ 85351.
Editor’s Note: Mr. Scott is a Sun City Community Assistance Network board member.