Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting a low-income Senior couple living in Page County, VA, to rehabilitate their home through the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) Program. The couple has lived in their home for 12 years, but recently began experiencing difficulties with their shared well, when it started to go dry. However, due to the couple’s low-income status they were unable to replace the well on their own without experiencing significant financial hardship. Fortunately, they were referred to SERCAP by a relative.
Following an initial inspection of the property, SERCAP’s Housing Team determined that the house was in need of several significant repairs, beyond just the installation of a new well, and was able to qualify the couple for assistance through the IPR-Flex program. The full housing rehabilitation project will include: drilling of new well, installation of a new HVAC system, wall repairs, siding repairs, installation of ADA accessibility features in the bathroom, installation of new gutters and down-spouts, replacement of the water heater, and an electrical upgrade. The project was awarded to Coles Construction for a total project cost of $84,480.00, and the rehab work has already begun. Once the project is completed, the couple will once again have an affordable home that is warm, safe, and dry, with reliable access to clean, safe drinking water.
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.