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Stroke of Genius: Brush Up Hutch Program Expands and Thrives


By BowerComm


BrushUpHutch-MapHUTCHINSON, Kan, — The Brush Up Hutch program, a partnership between Interfaith Housing & Community Services and the City of Hutchinson, has witnessed significant growth and expansion, thanks to substantial funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

This initiative, which focuses on providing much-needed exterior paint for homes, was originally only available for residents in Hutchinson. With new ARPA funding, it has broadened its reach to encompass Reno County, amplifying its impact. Prior to the infusion of ARPA funds, the program averaged the painting of five homes per year with a $10,000 city allocation, which often remained underutilized. In contrast, the 2023 program saw the issuance of 95 vouchers to participants and the expenditure of $113,958 in ARPA funding, underscoring a dramatic increase in scale and effectiveness.

This expansion is a testament to the power of community collaboration and adequate financial support. The Brush Up Hutch program not only addresses the practical needs of homeowners but also fosters a sense of community pride and cohesion.

“We moved into this house in 2013, and the exterior was in dire need of repair and painting. I contacted Interfaith Housing, completed a simple application process, and was thrilled to learn that they would provide the paint for us,” said Ron Nisly, a recipient of the Brush Up Hutch program. “It was exhilarating to participate in a community project like this and to witness the collective effort to enhance our neighborhood. When residents take pride in their homes, it has a positive ripple effect throughout the community.”

The Brush Up Hutch program exemplifies the profound impact that targeted initiatives can have on communities. By providing essential resources and support, the program empowers residents to take pride in their homes and neighborhoods. As more homes receive a revitalizing coat of paint, the transformative influence of the Brush Up program continues to grow—a true stroke of genius.

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About the Brush Up Program:

The Brush Up program is a collaborative initiative spearheaded by Interfaith Housing & Community Services and the City of Hutchinson. The program is dedicated to revitalizing homes and neighborhoods throughout Reno County. Bolstered by significant funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), the Brush Up program has expanded its reach to Reno County, substantially increasing the number of homes improved each year.