Preserve a Home – Growing Roots in Ventura County

TBR Simi Valley 

Spreading throughout the County

As a complement to our Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative from Habitat for Humanity International, our Ventura County affiliate and its numerous partners have mobilized to deliver an unprecedented level of support to communities through the Preserve a Home Program.  Habitat for Humanity of Ventura County does not just build homes from the ground up anymore.  With this innovative and exciting Program, existing homeowners in need of a “hand up” have turned to Habitat and their vast network of volunteers to perform simple home remodel work.


Plumbing repairs underway at Saticoy.     Rotted wall and plumbing repairs in progress at Saticoy.

Components to the Preserve a Home Program

The Preserve a Home program has enabled our affiliate to offer a wider variety of construction services using the successful and well-documented Habitat model – and ultimately, serve a greater number of families in need each year.  Depending on the level of repair, the needed home preservation service may fall into any of the Program’s three components.

A Brush With Kindness(ABWK) is Habitat’s house-preservation plan that will focus solely on simple home exterior repairs such as:

  • Scraping, sanding, caulking, priming and painting
  • Window repair
  • Minor siding and trim repair
  • Landscaping (pruning, trimming, weeding and reseeding)
  • Clean-up, brush/junk removal

Minor RepairIn addition to including repair services from ABWK, this component also includes:

  • Health, life and safety issues are addressed
  • Lighting fixtures are repaired or replaced
  • Addition of insulation
  • Interior paint
  • Minor plumbing and/or electrical repairs

 Major Repair: This component also includes repair services from ABWK and Minor Repair

  • Roof replacement
  • Wheelchair ramp construction
  • Doorway widening
  • Grab bar installation
  • Wheelchair accessibility

As we get started with new home construction in Santa Paula in 2013, Preserve a Home services will also be available in unincorporated areas of Ventura County such as Piru, Fillmore, Moorpark, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Meiners Oaks, Ojai, El Rio, Nyeland Acres, Port Hueneme and Oak Park.  Preserve a Home services will also be available in the cities of Simi Valley and Ventura.

For more information, please contact Felipe Flores at (805) 485-6065, ext. 202 or via email at fe*****@ha************.org.