Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted an elderly woman and her adult daughter living in Buckingham County, VA, to complete several necessary repairs to their home. The elderly woman has lived in her home for over 20 years, and recently began experiencing difficulty with the hot water heater. It had begun leaking, damaging the surrounding floor and wall. In order to correct the problem, the house needed several critical repairs, including: installation of new water heater; replacement of damaged flooring; and installation of new drywall, studs, molding, and trim. However, due to the clients’ low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of these critical repairs on their own.
Fortunately, SERCAP had Program Income Funds, through the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) program, available in Buckingham County, and the agency was able to provide Financial Assistance to the clients for the project. The total project cost $5,500.00, and the construction was awarded to R & L Construction. The work was recently completed, and the clients once again have a properly functioning water heater in their home.
Without SERCAP’s Housing Programs, and other similar services, many low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals and communities would be forced to go without such necessities as safe and affordable housing, indoor plumbing, reliable access to clean drinking water, 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!
*SERCAP’s Housing Program is primarily made possible through the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program, Program Income Funds from the IPR Program, and through County Funds (Budget Appropriations) from counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia. SERCAP’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Projects are contracts awarded by localities that have received CDBG Awards from DHCD. Additionally, all SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are leveraged by a Budget Appropriation from the Virginia General Assembly, which is administered by DHCD.