Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income family of three (3), living in Roanoke County, VA. The clients have lived in their home for two (2) years, but just recently began experiencing leaks in their waterline, which desperately needed to be replaced. However, due to their low-income status the family was unable to afford the cost of replacing the leaking waterline on their own, without causing serious financial hardship.
Fortunately, the family was referred to SERCAP and the Housing Team was able to qualify them for financial assistance through two (2) of the agency’s grant programs. Funding to complete the project came from a combination of sources, including: a $2,700.00 grant from the Housing Department leveraged from county budget appropriation funds from Roanoke County, a $3,500.00 grant from SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program, and a self-help match of $547.25 directly from the clients. The project was awarded to Trust Home Services for the total project cost of $6,747.25, and completion of the project provided the clients with a new waterline that has restored reliable access to a reliable source of clean, safe drinking water at their home, preventing water damage and eliminating the possibility of contaminants in their water supply.
Without SERCAP’s full slate of Programs and Services, low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals/families and rural communities 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 Department is primarily funded through support from 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. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program is funded by an Annual Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, which is administered by DHCD. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are leveraged by the same Budget Appropriation granted by the General Assembly and administered by DHCD.