VERMILLION COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - The Lamb family recently bought their house in Clinton.
"Times are tough. And just trying to make ends meet, I mean. I'd almost let anybody paint anything if the money was right," Melissa Lamb said.
Stories like theirs are what gave Brainiacs from Mars, a company out of California, a bright idea: to pay your mortgage in exchange for a painted billboard advertising their company on your home.
It hopes to paint 3,000 across the US by next year.
"Location is completely unimportant to us and reason being, most people aren't located on a main street, you know, we want to help everybody," Brainiacs from Mars CEO Romeo Mendoza said.
"The whole town would end up driving by to see it. I think that everybody would be on board," Lamb said.
Wabash Valley officials said it goes against the sign ordinance.
"It cannot be an advertisement for any business in a residential area," Terre Haute Lead Inspector Daniel Bell said.
The company said in cities where it's illegal, it sticks to its colors.
"For the most part, those colors are very unique and that starts a conversation, which eventually makes its way back to us," Mendoza said.
Another concern, property value.
Contrary to popular belief, Brainiacs from Mars said it actually helps the neighborhood.
"A foreclosure can drop the value of surrounding homes by up to $220,000 each. So neighbors will feel that directly in the pocketbook. This home is temporary. It's only up for a month, maybe up to a year. It's designed to keep the homeowner in their home," Mendoza said.
It's a bold idea, making it a win-win situation.
"It would be an amazing opportunity for someone to, for me to help someone and someone to help me," Lamb said.
If you'd like to apply to have your home painted, click on this link .
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