Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income family of four (4) in Russell County, VA, to install a new water meter and service-line at their home. The clients have been living in their home for 20 years, and recently began experiencing some difficulty with their water meter and water service-line. As it turns out, the water meter was faulty, and the service-line on their property had been damaged. However, due to their low-income status, the family was unable to afford the cost of replacing the meter and service-line without causing significant financial hardship.
Fortunately, SERCAP was able to step-in and provide financial assistance to cover the complete cost of the project. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program provided a Grant in the amount of $1,200.00 to replace the water meter and service-line, and now the clients once again have reliable access to clean, safe drinking water in their home.
Without SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program, and other similar services, many low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and communities would be forced to go without such necessities as reliable access to clean drinking water, fully functioning indoor plumbing, safe and affordable housing, water/wastewater infrastructure solutions, other community development and infrastructure needs, 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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*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.