Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income senior citizen living in the City of Suffolk, VA. The client has been living in her home for 20 years, and the structure was especially in need of new windows, since the existing windows were very old and leaky. However, due to the client’s extremely low-income status, the she was unable to afford the cost of replacing the windows on her own, without suffering significant financial hardship.
She was referred to SERCAP by social services, and fortunately the agency was able to qualify her for financial assistance through Program Income Funds (a part of the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation - IPR - Program), that were currently available for projects in the City of Suffolk. Construction for the project was awarded to Lowe’s Home Center, for the full $7,718.00 project cost. The construction work was completed recently, and now the client once again has an affordable home that is warm, safe, and dry.
Without SERCAP’s full slate of Programs and Services, many rural communities and low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals 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!
*SERCAP’s Housing Program is primarily made possible by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program, by County Funds (Budget Appropriations) from counties across the Commonwealth of Virginia, and by Program Income Funds from the IPR Program. 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.