Since becoming a HUD approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA) in 2012, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program has served hundreds of clients and provided a variety of Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy services. During the Summer of 2019, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program hosted two (2) Fair Housing Workshops, one on June 26, 2019 and one on August 21, 2019, at the agency’s headquarters in downtown Roanoke, VA.
SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program partnered with Mally Dryden-Mason with the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) to deliver these critical workshops. Dryden-Mason is approved by both the Real Estate and Fair Housing Boards as a Course Provider whose workshops meet the requirements for Real Estate Continuing Education (CEUs) and Fair Housing Certification. The Fair Housing Workshops were attended by over 40 individuals, and covered topics including: History of Virginia Fair Housing, Exemptions in the Law, Restrictive Retaliation, and Protected Classes.
Without SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program, and other similar services, many low-income individuals and communities would be forced to go without access to Financial Literacy Education, and such necessities as safe and affordable housing, indoor plumbing, reliable access to clean drinking water, water/wastewater infrastructure solutions, and other community development and infrastructure needs. 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 Housing Counseling Program is made possible by two grants from the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA): the HUD Housing Counseling Grant and the VHDA Housing Counseling & Education (HCE) Grant, as well as support from BB&T, SunTrust Bank, and Wells Fargo. The program is additionally leveraged by a Budget Appropriation, through the Virginia General Assembly, administered by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).