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SERCAP - South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubillee - Exhbit Booth
Recently, two members of SERCAP’s Regional and Loan Fund staff from Virginia exhibited at the South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee in Myrtle Beach, SC. The South Atlantic Well Drillers Jubilee is an annual professional development event and tradeshow for the well drilling industry, which was started by the North Carolina Well Drillers Association in 1954. The 2022 event was attended by hundreds of well drillers from across both southeastern and midwestern states, including the Commonwealth of Virginia. Throughout the three-day event, attendees had the opportunity to participate in over 20 continuing education and track courses, with topics ranging from well rehabilitation and maintenance to managing and disposing of fluids and solids generated on-site during drilling...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Counseling Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program was awarded the FY2022 Credit Improvement Program, in partnership with Virginia Housing. SERCAP is an approved HUD Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA), and regular sub-grantee of Virginia Housing’s grant programs for housing counseling. After successfully completing the FY2021 Program, SERCAP was awarded additional funds for the FY2022 Credit Improvement Program, which will allow the agency to serve more potential homebuyers...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Essential & Critical Needs Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted an elderly woman living in Accomack County, VA, to have her alternative septic system repaired. The client has owned her home for 26 years, and has been experiencing difficulty with her alternative septic system for quite some time. An alternative septic system is an onsite individual household wastewater disposal system that deviates from a traditional septic tank. It is common for households in Accomack County, VA to utilize alternative septic systems due to the area’s low water table. However, these alternative systems can be costly to maintain, and due to the client’s low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of the necessary repairs without causing financial hardship...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Rehabilitation Projects
Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting a low-income Senior couple living in Page County, VA, to rehabilitate their home through the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation Flex (IPR-Flex) Program. The couple has lived in their home for 12 years, but recently began experiencing difficulties with their shared well, when it started to go dry. However, due to the couple’s low-income status they were unable to replace the well on their own without experiencing significant financial hardship. Fortunately, they were referred to SERCAP by a relative...
SERCAP - Community Members at Nottoway County Focus Group
On Tuesday, July 19, 2022, SERCAP partnered with the Total Life Center of Southside Virginia to conduct a Community Focus Group as a crucial part of SERCAP’s Biannual Community Needs Assessment process. SERCAP’s Biannual Community Needs Assessment allows SERCAP to obtain an accurate sense of what the rural communities in Virginia struggle with most. Conducting these conversations and collecting this information further enables SERCAP to develop a real understanding of what the actual community needs are, in the localities the agency serves...  
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Counseling Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program delivered 10 in-person Group Education Workshops, for the first time in over two (2) years, at the Dumas Center and the Dorcus House in downtown Roanoke, VA. Since becoming a HUD approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA) in 2012, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program has provided clients with no-cost one-on-one housing counseling, financial literacy, and group education services. During the bulk of 2020 and 2021, these services have primarily been provided over the phone and through online workshops. However, beginning in April 2022 SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program has returned to providing in-person group education workshops... 
SERCAP - Web Image - for Housing Rehabilitation Projects
Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted an extremely low-income family of two (2) living in Buckingham County, Virginia, to complete several critically needed repairs to their home. Built in 1954, one of the family members has been living in the home for 60 years, but recently it was becoming more and more apparent that the structure was in need of several critical repairs. However, due to the clients’ extremely low-income status (per HUD’s income guidelines) they were unable to afford the cost of the repairs without causing serious financial hardship. Fortunately, a family member conducted some online research and referred the clients to SERCAP for assistance...
SERCAP - Web Image - for Facilities Development Program
Recently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Program awarded a substantial grant to the Nelson County Service Authority, to support a current wastewater treatment plant project in the community of Schuyler in Nelson County, Virginia. The Nelson County Service Authority delivers water and sewer (wastewater) service to several communities in Nelson County, including the low-income community of Schuyler, VA. Schuyler’s community sewer system is very small, serving only 44 connections, and consisting of 10,000 linear feet of gravity collection lines, an influent wastewater pump station, and a 25,000 gallons-per-day (gpd) treatment facility...