Currently, SERCAP's Housing Department is assisting an elderly woman living in Buckingham County, VA, to completely rehabilitate her home through the agency’s Indoor Plumbing and Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) program. The client has been living in her home for 49 years, but the structure did not meet multiple HUD Housing Quality Standards (HQS), and was in desperate need of several significant repairs. However, due to her low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of the repairs on her own. Fortunately, she was referred to SERCAP by her local Department of Social Services (DSS), and the agency was able to qualify her for assistance through the IPR-Flex program.
The project was awarded to the contractor, Cornelious Walton, for the project cost of $65,824. Construction for the project is nearly complete, and has included: installation of 12 foundation vents, patching cracked foundation blocks, repairing water damage, replacing the back deck, replacing the kitchen sink, installation of gutters and down spouts, installation of eight new windows, replacing the flooring in the family room, removing a trip hazard, replacing the water heater, installation of a 200 amp breaker, completion of a septic tank pump-out and repairs, installation of an ADA ramp, and installation of ADA accessibility features in the bathroom. Additionally, a new well will be drilled within the next few weeks. Once the project is complete, the client will have an affordable home that is warm, safe, and dry, with reliable access to both clean, safe drinking water, and an environmentally sound wastewater disposal solution.
Without SERCAP’s full slate of Programs and Services, many rural communities and low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals would be forced to go without such necessities as reliable access to clean drinking water, indoor plumbing, safe and affordable housing, 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!
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*SERCAP’s Housing Program is primarily made possible by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) Program, by County Funds (Budget Appropriations) from counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and by Program Income Funds from the IPR-Flex Program. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are leveraged by support from the Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by DHCD.