Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department has partnered with SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program to assist a low-income family of two (2) in Frederick County, VA. The clients, a single mother and her young child, approached SERCAP, after finding the agency online, about assisting them to repair their Individual Household Septic System. Fortunately, due to their low-income status, the clients qualified for rehabilitation assistance through the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program. SERCAP’s Housing Department had Program Income Funds through the IPR Program available in Frederick County where the clients live, and since the request was for assistance with a Septic System, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program was also able to provide a portion of the funding for the project.
The contract for the Septic repair work was awarded to Martin’s Plumbing Services, for the total project cost of $6,065.00, and construction on the project will begin shortly. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program is providing a grant of $1,200.00, and the Housing Department is providing $4,865.00 in Program Income Funds, to cover the full cost of the project.
Without SERCAP’s Housing Program and Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program, and other similar services, many low-income individuals and communities 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 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. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program is made possible by support from a Virginia Budget Appropriation, granted to SERCAP by the Virginia General Assembly, and administered by DHCD. Additionally, all of SERCAP’s programs in Virginia are further leveraged by the Budget Appropriation, granted by the Virginia General Assembly.