Every little bit helps. A new effort to help low-income homeowners paint their dwellings is called “Brush Up Great Bend.” It is the first initiative of Great Bend Economic Development’s Housing Task Force.
In 2021, GBED received the results from a housing study that showed building activity in Great Bend over the last six years has not been enough to support growth, which is why the housing task force was formed.
“This program will provide grants to enable homeowners in a lower income bracket to paint the exterior of their homes,” said GBED President Sara Hayden.
Able-bodied homeowners who meet the income guidelines can get paint and supplies costing up to $1,000 and then do the painting themselves. But the program also finds volunteers for people who aren’t physically able to handle the work.
As we saw last summer when a group that called itself Damn It, Do It GBK organized a work day, people are will to help others in the community improve their homes and neighborhoods. Hayden pointed out that programs such as this can boost our civic pride and enhance the overall feel of the community.
A fresh coat of paint really can do wonders to the appearance of a home but sometimes there are more pressing needs. It’s encouraging to hear that Brush Up Great Bend people hope to expand the service, perhaps helping homeowners improve inefficient windows and roofs.