Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor looking for eligible houses to paint in 2018

A scene from Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor 2017. (Credit: Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor.)

Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor is looking for eligible houses to paint for its next project on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

The nonprofit organization paints homes for low income, disabled and elderly applicants, and the local chapter is searching for those who would benefit from having PYHOSH volunteers, alongside professional painters, paint the exterior of their home.

According to PYHOSH officials, finding the right homeowners to help is always the group’s biggest challenge.

“The people most in need are often the most hesitant to reach out,” PYHOSH President Rick Shampaine said in a press release announcing the search.

Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor.

“Painting a house is a huge expense and can be daunting. We’ve helped everyone from grandmas living alone to a dad who recently lost his job. We know what a difference a fresh coat of paint can make for the homeowner and the neighborhood.”

To qualify, nominees MUST own and live in the home as their primary residence in the City of Safety Harbor (“homesteaded”).

They must then meet any one of the following requirements:

  • Be over age 62 with a limited income
  • Be physically disabled
  • Have a family income equal to or less than the current HUD poverty level.

To nominate a neighbor (or yourself) email the following to PYHOSH@gmail.com :

  • Your name and how we can reach you. Please indicate if you’d like to keep your nomination anonymous.
  • The address of the home you are nominating.
  • The name, phone number and/or email address of the homeowner, if you have it
  • Any information you have about the homeowner’s hardships.

If you are not sure if your neighbor meets the qualifications, PYHOSH will extend an invitation to them to apply.

A scene from Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor 2017. (Credit: Paint Your Heart Out Safety Harbor.)

Since PYHOSH’s creation as a charitable organization in 1991, more than 125 homes have gotten free pressure washing, an exterior paint job, and light landscaping.

If you have any questions, send an email to PYHOSH@gmail.com, or call PYHOSH’s city liaison and board member Donna Mack at City Hall at 727-724-1562 x1155.

Visit Facebook.com/PaintYourHeartSH to volunteer or donate.

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