Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income couple in Tazewell County, VA, to install a new tap and meter, so they could restore running water to their home. The couple had been living in the same house for a little over 26 years, when their individual household well went out, disrupting their water source, and leaving them without functional indoor plumbing.
However, since the couple is low-income, Social Security being their only income source, they were unable to afford the cost of the repairs needed to get their well back online without experiencing financial hardship. Fortunately, SERCAP was able to step-in and provide financial assistance to cover the full cost of the installation of the new tap and meter needed to repair their well. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program provided a Grant in the amount of $1,000.00, and now the couple once again has reliable access to a safe water source, and fully functioning indoor plumbing in their home.
Without SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program, and other similar programs and services, many low-income individuals and communities would be forced to go without such necessities as fully functioning septic systems, safe and affordable housing, reliable access to clean drinking water, indoor plumbing, community development and infrastructure needs, water/wastewater infrastructure solutions, and more. It is important to remember that even in the US in the 21st Century; there are those who do not have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water, environmentally sound septic facilities, and affordable housing. In order to help SERCAP continue to provide assistance to both the individuals and communities in need, please consider making a donation to SERCAP’s Water Life! Fund!
*Funding for SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program is made possible through a Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, which is administered by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD). Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia, are leveraged by the Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, administered by DHCD.