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 (Community Development Block Grant) Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) project in Buckingham County, VA. Over the past 18 months, 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 this project. Once the project is finished, SERCAP will have completed housing rehabilitation and/or substantial reconstruction for six (6) Households in the Town of Dillwyn.
In conjunction with its Annual Water Is Life! Event, SERCAP is holding an Art Contest for 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Elementary School students. Students are invited to submit original artwork that represents the subject, “Water Is Life!” A first place and second place winner will be selected in each of SERCAP’s seven states. First place winners will receive a $100.00 Visa Gift Card, second place winners will receive a $50.00 Visa Gift Card, and all winners will receive an Award Certificate.
Since becoming a HUD approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA) in 2012, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program has served hundreds of clients and provided a variety of Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy services. This year SERCAP is working to create and execute a series of Holiday focused budgeting and scam prevention workshops.
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income, single female in Bedford County, VA, with repairing her individual household well. Approximately nine (9) months ago she began experiencing serious difficulties with her well as it was constantly running dry, leaving her without adequate access to potable water. However, since she receives SSI and is low-income, she was unable to afford the cost of repairing the well herself without experiencing financial hardship.
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a low-income single woman living in Lancaster County, VA, to have a new well drilled. Her old well collapsed due to an excessive amount of rain, rendering it useless and unable to function. However, due to the client’s low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of drilling a new well on her own without causing serious financial hardship.
Currently, SERCAP’s Housing Department is assisting an extremely low-income, elderly widow in the City of Suffolk, VA, to repair her roof. The client has lived in her home for 45 years, and recently began experiencing trouble with her roof. However, due to the client’s extremely low-income status, she was unable to afford the cost of the roof repairs on her own.
Currently, SERCAP’s Regional Department is assisting SERCAP’s Housing Department by providing Technical Support to address a serious storm-water issue affecting one of SERCAP’s Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Housing projects. The household, located in the Eagle Rock Area of Botetourt County, VA, is located on a hillside near a gully. The gully, while natural in origin, had been worked on by the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) years ago, when they installed a drainage catchment and underground drain pipe to channel water from the gully, safely underneath and away from the main road. Over time, the entrance to the pipe has partially collapsed and become buried, causing water from rain events to back up and erode away the hillside supporting the front of the house.
Currently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Grant Program is working with the Community of Clover in Halifax County, VA to acquire and install two new propane fueled and permanently located generators. The generators will provide emergency and uninterrupted electrical power to the drinking water well supply system and water storage tank site, and will power all operations for a 60,000 gallons-per-day biological wastewater treatment plant that serves the community. The elevated Water Storage Tank in Clover, which provides drinking water and fire suppression capacity and maintains system pressure for the community, is also the site for the County’s Fire and Rescue emergency radio, siren system, and communications system. The site includes a local broadband service that supports communications for the supervision and data management of the community’s Water and Wastewater Facilities.
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a Low-Income family of two (2), an elderly woman and her adult son (who is a Veteran) living in Bedford County, VA, to have their individual household well repaired. The clients were experiencing difficulties with their well running dry and needing it to be properly sealed (through a process called Hydro-fracking). However, due to the clients’ low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of these necessary repairs on their own.
In the Fall of 2016, SERCAP’s Housing Department was awarded the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Contract for the Highway 49 Skipwith Housing Rehabilitation Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project in Mecklenburg County, VA. SERCAP’s Housing Team has been diligently working with the community over the past three (3) years, and once the project is fully finished, SERCAP will have completed housing rehabilitation and/or substantial reconstruction for 16 Households (impacting 27 low-to-moderate income individuals).
Since becoming a HUD approved Local Housing Counseling Agency (LHCA) in 2012, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program has served hundreds of clients and provided a variety of Housing Counseling and Financial Literacy services. During the Summer of 2019, SERCAP’s Housing Counseling Program hosted two (2) Fair Housing Workshops, one on June 26, 2019 and one on August 21, 2019, at the agency’s headquarters in downtown Roanoke, VA.
Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program and certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund Department teamed up to assist a low-income, family of five (5) in Caroline County, VA, with the installation of a new Septic System. The clients recently began experiencing difficulty with their old septic system and learned that an entirely new system needed to be installed. However, due to their low-income status, the cost of replacing the Septic System on their own would have caused significant financial hardship.
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a Low-Income family of two (2), an elderly woman and her granddaughter, living in Bland County, VA, to have a new individual household well drilled. The clients were experiencing difficulties with their old well, as it was producing muddy water that was not potable. However, due to the clients’ low-income status, they were unable to afford the whole cost of having a new well drilled on their own.
Fortunately, SERCAP was able to step-in and provide financial assistance, through a low-interest (1%), affordable loan, which covered 100% of the cost of drilling the new well. SERCAP’s Loan Fund provided an Individual Household Well Loan of $11,000.00, and now the clients once again have reliable access to clean, safe potable water in their home.
Currently, SERCAP is providing Housing Rehabilitation Specialist Services to the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) Project for the East Atlantic Street Neighborhood in the City of Emporia, VA. SERCAP was selected as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the project in late 2016, and has been diligently working to complete the rehabilitation of 16 investor-owned housing units and two owner-occupied housing units for the past two+ years.
Currently, SERCAP’s Regional Program is working with the very small Town of Phenix in Charlotte County, VA, in order to assist them in improving their outdated and deteriorating water system. The Town of Phenix has a population of 226 residents, 60% of whom are low-income individuals, and 32.3% of whom are Senior Citizens. Previously, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Grant program funded a Professional Engineering Report (PER) for the system, which suggested that the total project cost to upgrade the system would be nearly $1.8 Million. However, securing funding for a System Improvement Project at that level for such a small customer-base is a very challenging proposition for the Town.
As the beginning of the new 2019/2020 Academic Year approaches, SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is preparing to introduce new host sites, recruit new schools, and inspire more student volunteers to participate in its signature service-learning enrichment program. SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program connects College and University Student Volunteer Groups with Community Host-sites where the students engage in a Service-Learning and Cultural Exchange experience as an alternative to traditional activities during school breaks, including: Spring Break, Fall Break, and Summer Break. Student volunteers participate in up to 35 hours of community service throughout the duration of the program, and make a financial contribution of up to $150.00 to the community they are serving, further investing in the well-being of the community as a whole, and establishing a personal history of philanthropy.
Currently, SERCAP’s Facilities Development Grant Program is working with the Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, VA, to assist the Town with a critical Storm-Water Drainage Project in a residential neighborhood consisting of 17 households. Eighty percent of one of the Town’s Fall Ditch Culvert Pipes has collapsed, blocking water flow and causing storm-water back-up into the neighborhood.
Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) elderly couple in Prince Edward County, VA, with having a new individual household well drilled. The clients’ old well dried-up, leaving them completely without access to water at their home. However, due to the clients’ LMI status, they were unable to afford the whole cost of having a new well drilled on their own.
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.
As previously reported, each year Community Water Systems across the Commonwealth of Virginia are required to complete and distribute a Water Quality Report, or Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which provides utility customers with information about their drinking water. The federally mandated reports contain information, including: 1) the source of the utility’s water, and the type of treatment it receives, if any, 2) the results of all required chemical analysis, including lead and copper results, and an explanation of them, including their probable sources and potential health effects, if any, 3) violations, if any, of state or federal waterworks regulations, and what has been done to address them, 4) a cross-connection control survey, 5) information on water conservation and source water protection, and 6) contact information for the system owner/operator.