Brush Up Hutch!

Brush Up Hutch! is sponsored by the Hutchinson Housing Commission and the City of Hutchinson Planning and Development Department and was created to to provide financial assistance to income-eligible homeowners in the City of Hutchinson to enable them to repaint the exterior of their homes and alleviate deteriorating housing conditions within the City. 

This program  was established in conjunction with the adoption of the International Property Maintenance Code (effective July 1, 2017). Because the code requires home exteriors to be painted, homes in the greatest need of paint will be given highest priority to receive funding.

Homeowners interested in receiving financial assistance to paint the exterior of their home can print out and complete the Brush Up Hutch! application and bring it to the City of Hutchinson Planning and Development Department located at the City of Hutchinson City Hall located at 125 East Avenue B. Applications are also available at the Planning Department. Applications are highly encouraged to be submitted between March 1 to October 31.

The program is operated on a 1st-come, 1st-serve basis and gives priority to homes in most need of exterior paint.

Eligibility Requirements

The Brush Up Hutch Paint Program provides assistance based on the following eligibility requirements:
  • Applicants must own and reside in the property to be painted.
  • Applicants may not own more than 1 property.
  • At least one of the following
    • Applicant's income must be at or below 120% of the median family income for Reno County, or
    • Applicant's home must be valued at or below $50,000 by the Reno County Appraiser's Office.

Income Guidelines

The following income guidelines illustrate the maximum yearly income based on number of people in the household and 120% of the 2012 median family income in Reno County:
  • 1 person: $48,150
  • 2 people: $55,050
  • 3 people: $61,950
  • 4 people: $68,775
  • 5 people: $74,325
  • 6 people: $79,800
  • 7 people: $85, 350
  • 8 or more: $90,825
Total income is calculated from all regular payments (i.e., weekly, biweekly, semi-monthly, or monthly) resources and is based on gross pay - before taxes and expenses are deducted - over 3 pay periods. Income guidelines must be met if applicant's home is valued over $50,000.

Required Information

Applicants are required to submit the following information to the City of Hutchinson Planning & Development Department for review:
  • The application, filled out completely and accurately
  • If your home is valued over $50,000: Proof of income - provide proof of all income sources for all adult (age 18 or older) household members. Proof may include pay stubs, award letters, W-2s, Schedule C

Application Review Process

Each application submitted to the City will be carefully reviewed, based on the aforementioned eligibility requirements, by Planning and Development staff members. The City of Hutchinson reserves the right to decline consideration of any and all applications if eligibility requirements are not met or if funding is not available within a calendar year. Declined applications may be kept on file and considered the following calendar year.

Once the application is approved, the applicant will be notified and given a certificate of approval. City staff will then take a "before" picture of the house. The applicant has 90 days to paint the exterior of his/her home. An "after" picture will be taken of the completed project. Once the painting is completed, the applicant may bring in the receipt and the City will reimburse up to $500.