SERCAP’s Housing Department Assists Extremely Low-Income Elderly Woman in Buckingham County, VA

Friday, 14 October 2022 Stories, SERCAP News, Housing

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Currently, SERCAPs Housing Department is assisting an extremely low-income elderly woman, living in Buckingham County, VA, to restore reliable access to potable water at her home. The client has lived in her home for 26 years; however, the condition of her home has worsened over time, and her adult daughter began to express concern that the home may no longer be safe. Fortunately, she was referred to SERCAP for assistance.

Following the initial inspection, SERCAP’s Housing Department determined that the project qualified as a Substantial Reconstruction under the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) Program, due to a lack of potable water in the home, the sub-standard condition of the home, and the client’s extremely low-income status. A Substantial Reconstruction is when the home’s condition is so poor that it is more economical to demolish the existing structure and build a new home from scratch, than it is to rehabilitate the current home. 

The project was awarded to Lester Harvey with Harvey’s Enterprise & Sons for the full $126,500.00 project cost, and construction began earlier this month. Once the project is complete, the new home will have: two (2) bedrooms, one (1) bathroom, accessibility features, a newly drilled individual household well, and a repaired septic system. In the end, this project will provide the client with an affordable home that boasts reliable access to potable water, and is warm, safe, and dry.

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 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 a Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted to SERCAP by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by DHCD.