SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Low-Income Family of Seven as Part of CDBG Project in Emporia, VA!

Thursday, 25 June 2020 Stories

Access door to a crawlspace under a house

Currently, SERCAP is providing Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Services to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) Project for the East Atlantic Street Neighborhood in the City of Emporia, VA. SERCAP was selected as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the project in late 2016, and has been diligently working to complete the rehabilitation of 16
investor-owned housing units and two owner-occupied housing units for the past three+ years.

As part of this CDBG project, SERCAP’s Housing Department recently assisted a low-income family of seven (7), by making several critical repairs to their home. SERCAP’s Housing Rehabilitation Specialists worked with the Contractor, Southern Building Solutions, to: replace exterior siding, replace 12 windows, paint the metal roof, install a new kitchen sink, install new kitchen cabinets, install a new stove, replace the kitchen flooring, replace the bathtub, replace the bathroom sink, install new bathroom flooring, and install smoke detectors throughout the house. The total project cost came to $27,995.00, and the low-income residents of the home, now have an affordable home that is warm, safe, and dry; and meets HUD Housing Quality Standards.

Without SERCAP’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, and other similar services, many low-income 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!

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*SERCAP’s Housing Program is primarily made possible through the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program, through County Funds (Budget Appropriations) from counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and through Program Income Funds from the IPR Program. Virginia’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program is funded by DHCD. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are leveraged by support from the Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted by the Virginia General Assembly and administered
by DHCD.