Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income, elderly woman living in Buckingham County, VA, through the agency’s Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation-Flex (IPR-Flex) Program. The client has been living in her home for seven (7) years, but recently reported a failed septic system. A home inspection revealed that her home was also in need of several other significant repairs, however, due to her low-income status she was unable to afford the cost of a new septic system and the needed home repairs on her own without causing significant financial hardship.
Fortunately, she reached out to SERCAP for assistance, and the agency’s Housing Department was able to approve the project through its IPR-Flex program. The project was awarded to Kevin Coles with Coles Construction for the full $51,850.00 project cost. The full housing rehabilitation project, included: installation of a new septic system; installation of an ADA ramp; repairs to the front porch; installation of new gutters, splash guards, and downspouts for the roof; installation of ADA features in the bathroom; installation of upgraded outlets; and more. The project was recently completed, and the client has maintained her affordable home, which is now warm, safe, and dry.
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.