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SERCAP - Digital Media Graphic - GivingTuesday - 2022 Q&A
Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP), a 501(C)3 nonprofit organization, is preparing to launch its annual Awareness and End of Year Fundraising Campaign by hosting an online Q&A Session as part of its #GivingTuesday2022 activities on Tuesday, November 29, 2022. The purpose of the campaign and online Q&A Session is to raise public awareness around Environmental Justice (EJ) issues in the Southeast US, especially those surrounding water/wastewater infrastructure needs...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Rehabilitation Projects
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income senior woman living in Caroline County, VA, to have the roof replaced at her home. The client had been living in her home for 20 years, when she began experiencing difficulties with her roof. However, due to her low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of either repairing or replacing the roof on her own, without causing significant financial hardship...
Recently, SERCAP’s Regional Department attended and presented at the Annual Eastern Shore Housing Summit and Conference in the Town of Onancock in Accomack County, Virginia. Held at the Historic Onancock School on Friday, September 23, 2022, the event was hosted by Ava Gabrielle-Wise with the United States Sustainable Development Corporation, and included both the Eastern Shore Housing Summit and the Eastern Shore Housing Resources Conference...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Essential & Critical Needs Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income elderly man living in Accomack County, VA, by installing a new septic tank at his home. The client had been living in his home for 44 years when someone backed over his septic tank with their vehicle, causing it to crack and begin leaking wastewater. He covered the crack in the septic tank with bricks and boards as an immediate measure to address the leak, but his temporary fix was not a viable long-term solution...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Individual Household Septic Loans
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a low-income couple in Martinsville, VA, with the installation of a new septic system at their home. The couple has owned their home for 50 years, but just recently began experiencing difficulties with their septic system. As it turned out, a drain filter was blocking the flow of wastewater, causing damage to the couple’s finished basement...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Rehabilitation Projects
Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting an extremely low-income elderly woman, living in Buckingham County, VA, to restore reliable access to potable water at her home. The client has lived in her home for 26 years; however, the condition of her home has worsened over time, and her adult daughter began to express concern that the home may no longer be safe...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Essential & Critical Needs Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income elderly couple living in Northampton County, VA, to have a new individual household well installed at their home. The couple has been living in their home for 25 years, but just recently their individual household well completely collapsed, leaving them without reliable access to potable water at their home...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Facilities Development Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Program provided financial assistance to support improvements to the water treatment plant in the Town of Fries in Grayson County, Virginia. The Town of Fries is a small, rural community whose population has dwindled significantly over the past 33 years, declining from 2,500 residents in 1989 to only 500 residents in 2022...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Individual Household Septic Loans
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a low-income elderly gentleman living in Accomack County, VA, with the installation of a new individual household septic system. The client had just moved into the home, and lived there for only one day, before he began experiencing difficulties with his new home’s septic system. The specific problems he experienced with the 47-year-old system included poor filtration and a high-water table. The entire septic system was in need of a voluntary upgrade, according to the Health Department. However, due to his low-income status he was unable to bear the cost of the project without causing financial hardship...
SERCAP - County Funds and ECN Project - Roanoke County
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income family of three (3), living in Roanoke County, VA. The clients have lived in their home for two (2) years, but just recently began experiencing leaks in their waterline, which desperately needed to be replaced. However, due to their low-income status the family was unable to afford the cost of replacing the leaking waterline on their own, without causing serious financial hardship...