Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting a low-income single woman living in Buckingham County, VA. The client lives in her home alone, and recently began experiencing difficulty with both her individual household well and septic system. However, due to her low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of repairing the well and septic system on her own, without causing serious financial hardship.
Fortunately, she was referred to SERCAP by her local Social Services office for assistance, and the agency’s Housing Department was able to qualify her for financial assistance through the IPR-Flex Program. Following an initial housing inspection, SERCAP’s Rural Housing Specialist determined that several additional repairs were required, including: installation of an ADA handicap accessibility ramp, installation of ADA accessibility features in the bathroom, new windows, new flooring, new siding, updated electrical, and a new back porch, in addition to the new well and septic system. Construction for the project was awarded to Cornelious Walton Home Improvement for $65,824.00, the full cost of the project. Construction is currently underway, and once the project is complete the client will once again have an affordable home that is warm, safe, and dry, with newly installed accessibility features.
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!
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*SERCAP’s Housing Program 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 the Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by DHCD.