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Paint The Town FAQs



Do we have to paint the entire house in 1 day?

No - we recommend that you split up the project into multiple visits.  Paint The Town™ volunteer teams are responsible for the following:

    • Preparing the house for paint (removing dust, loose paint and debris)
    • Applying primer to bare wood spots & caulk for appearance and energy conservation
    • Painting the house exterior

Once you receive your paint and supplies at Distribution on June 1st, you can start prepping and painting at any time. Be sure to communicate with your assigned homeowner so they know when to expect you. You will have 3 weeks to work – we ask that projects are complete by Paint The Town™ Day - June 23, 2019.

Why is there a $100 team registration fee and what if my group is unable to pay it?

The registration fee was implemented a few years ago to help cover the increasing costs of paint, supplies and program operations. We continue to see a great need for this program, and with your help, we can continue this program and serve more homeowners than last year.

Teams who are unable to front the registration fee can raise the money through our Buy A Bucket program. Please contact us at 208-258-6222 for alternate registration.

Why should I buy (or sell) buckets of paint?

Many low-income, senior and disabled homeowners cannot physically manage or afford routine maintenance on their homes. They need Paint The Town™ to maintain their independent living status and keep their homes and neighborhoods well-maintained. Since 1983, over 89,300 volunteers have revitalized nearly 3,300 homes. Due to increased costs of paint, supplies, and program operations, we need YOUR help to make sure that Paint The Town™ continues for years to come!

ALSO- as an added bonus and thank you for your support, each bucket you buy or sell gets you into a great prize drawing!

How do I win the great prizes?

Each bucket you buy or sell gets you 1 raffle ticket into the drawing. Please view the contest rules.

I don't have a team to join. Can I still participate?

Yes! We are looking for individuals to join smaller corporate teams and/or to help with various team relation duties.

We also invite individuals to participate in the Kickoff Event on June 1st, and we need some volunteers to help behind the scenes.

If you can volunteer as an individual, please contact us at 208-258-6222 or

When will we have our assignments and the supplies?

Assignments will be sent to team captains May 7, 2019. Paint supply pick up will be June 1st at the Paint The Town™ Kickoff Event!


What are the selection procedures for Paint The Town™ candidates?

Upon receiving applications, Paint The Town™ staff review them for completeness and income qualification.  Each homeowner’s circumstances are considered on a case-by-case basis.  Homes are chosen for evaluation in April, and a Paint Evaluator assesses the structure’s need for paint and repairs.  The homeowner(s) must be present to meet with the Paint Evaluator and Interviewer (those chosen will be contacted with further information).  Having your home evaluated does not guarantee that you’ll have your house painted – this is just part of the application process.  Once the evaluations have been completed, homes and teams are selected and matched in May.  Paint and supplies are distributed to the teams in late May, and they can begin preparing homes for painting.

I am filling out the Candidate Application.  What qualifies as a disability?

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) provides specific definitions for a disabled household and for a person with a disability:

  • A disabled household is defined as a family whose head, spouse, or sole member is an adult with a disability. Disabled households can be:
    • a single individual with a disability living alone;
    • a related family in which the head of household or spouse is a disabled person;
    • two or more related adults with disabilities living together;
    • two or more unrelated adults with disabilities living together; or
    • one or more unrelated adults with disabilities living with one or more live-in aides.
  • A person with a disability is defined as an individual who:
    • has a disability as defined in Section 223 of the Social Security Act; OR
    • is determined to have a physical, mental, or emotional impairment which is:
      • expected to be of long, continued and indefinite duration; AND
      • substantially impedes his or her ability to live independently; AND
      • is of such a nature that such ability could be improved by more suitable housing conditions; OR
      • has a developmental disability as defined in Section 102 of the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act.

My home does not need to be painted, but my shed does.  Can I qualify for Paint The Town™?

Probably not. To qualify for Paint The Town™, your home must be in need of paint.  Your home is evaluated and prioritized based on its need for paint, not the needs of outbuildings, garages, or fences.  Our volunteer teams are only required to paint the exterior of your home, so you would not qualify for the program if your home does not need to be painted.

My bathroom needs to be painted.  Could a volunteer team help me with that?

No. Volunteer teams are only required to paint the exterior of your home.  For liability reasons, they do not complete home maintenance projects.

Will I get to choose what color my house is painted?

If your home is selected for evaluation, our Paint Evaluator will visit with you and show you our color palette.  Based on his experience and your home’s current color, he will recommend certain paint.  (Please note that we only require volunteers to apply one coat of paint, so our Evaluator doesn’t often recommend broad color changes.)  We will obtain your approval before proceeding.

I live outside of Boise.  Do I qualify for Paint The Town™?

Paint The Town™ will now focus in Ada County, including Boise, Meridian, Kuna and Star.

NOTE:  If you’re a Nampa resident, you may qualify for Brush Up Nampa - (208) 468-5472.

When will I find out if I have been chosen for  Paint The Town™?

All applicants will be notified whether or not they have been chosen for this year's project by early May.

I have been chosen for  Paint The Town™ and now I have questions about the project (when my team is coming, how long it will take them, etc).

Please contact your team captain to ask about the specifics of your project.  Each team has their own timeline for the project based on their volunteer availability.

How can I support Paint The Town?

Although this program is provided at no cost to you, you may support the program by making a contribution to our Buy A Bucket campaign.  Your donation will help cover the cost of paint and get you into a great prize drawing.  Donate today.

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Our Mission: To lead in creating innovative housing solutions for underserved populations through strategic partnerships that contribute to building stronger communities.

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NeighborWorks® Boise
3380 W. Americana Terrace, Ste 120
Boise, ID 83706

Phone: 208.343.4065
Fax: 208.343.4963
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