SERCAP’s Housing Department recently completed all construction for, and is preparing close-out, its Housing Rehabilitation Services for the long-term Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project in the Town of Dillwyn in Buckingham County, Virginia. Back in the Spring of 2018, SERCAP’s Housing Department was awarded the Rehabilitation Specialist Services Contract for the Town of Dillwyn Rehabilitation Project, a CDBG Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) project in Buckingham County. For a little over three (3) years, SERCAP’s Housing Team has been diligently working with the community to oversee the rehabilitation and/or substantial reconstruction of the designated properties selected for the CDBG project.
This specific CDBG Project was designed to address depressed homes in the area by providing housing rehabilitation assistance to the low-to-moderate income (LMI) homeowners, and removing blight from the community. Since beginning work on the project, SERCAP has completed the Substantial Reconstruction (fully re-building) of three (3) houses for LMI homeowners, and provided significant housing rehabilitation for two (2) houses for LMI homeowners, a financial investment of over $400,000 into the community. The project has brought the housing structures of the participating LMI homeowners up to the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Housing Quality Standards (HQS), improved the beneficiaries’ living conditions, and removed blight from the community.
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 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. 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 to SERCAP by the Virginia General Assembly and administered by DHCD.