Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income, single woman living in Russell County, VA, to get her home hooked-up to public water. The client had been experiencing difficulty with her old well, which eventually stopped producing any water at all, leaving her without reliable access to running water in her home. Since the area in which she lives has access to public water, she determined that connecting to the public water system would be the best solution to her problem. However, due to her low-income status, she was unable to afford the connection fees and the cost of installing the new water-lines on her property herself, without causing financial hardship.
Fortunately, she was referred to SERCAP by a friend, and the agency was able to step-in and provide financial assistance to cover the cost of the connection fees and the water-line extension onto her property. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program provided a Grant in the amount of $4,500.00 to cover the project cost, and fully connect the household to public water. Now the client once again has reliable access to potable water in her home.
Without SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs 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!
*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.