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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Low-Income Family of Seven as Part of CDBG Project in Emporia, VA!

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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 three+ years.

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SERCAP Continues to Support Rural Communities & LMI Individuals Through the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis!

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During this time of uncertainty, SERCAP’s dedicated staff members are continuing to provide Training, Technical, and Financial Assistance to both rural communities and low-to-moderate income (LMI) individuals for water, wastewater, housing, and community development needs. In accordance with the Governor’s orders, SERCAP staff are working remotely, where possible, and providing services via telephone and online web conference software, in order to continue providing critical support.

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SERCAP's Regional Department to Implement Water/Wastewater Operator Training Program Across the Commonwealth of Virginia!

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SERCAP’s Regional Department, in partnership with Spring Point Partners and Mountain Empire Community College, is in the process of establishing a Water/Wastewater Operator Training Program in Virginia. The program will help individuals, looking to establish a new career or change careers to a highly employable field, to meet the requirements for sitting for the state licensure exam to become a water and/or wastewater operator. Currently, the water/wastewater field is experiencing a shortage of qualified individuals to fill operator positions. The majority of the existing slate of water/wastewater operators are nearing retirement, and there is a severe lack of qualified candidates to replace them.

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Program Assists Low-Income Veteran in Tazewell County, Virginia!

Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income veteran in Tazewell County, VA, with the water-lines at his home, which desperately needed to be repaired. However, due to his
low-income status, he was unable to afford the cost of the repairs himself without experiencing significant financial hardship.

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A Letter from SERCAP's President & CEO

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March 18, 2020

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Low-Income Family of Three in Caroline County, Virginia!

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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income family of three (3) in Caroline County, VA, by replacing their failing septic system. The clients have lived in the home for over 30 years, and recently began experiencing difficulty with their septic system. They needed to have both a new alternative septic system and an updated electrical box installed, in order for the system to run properly. However, due to the clients’ low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of the new system on their own.

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SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program Gears Up for its Spring Break 2020 Weeks of Service!

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As March and April 2020 rapidly approach, SERCAP’s VFC Alternative Break Program is gearing up for its Spring Break 2020 Weeks of Service! Thus far, SERCAP has confirmed that approximately 199 students from three Colleges and Universities, including: College of the Holy Cross, St. Joseph’s University, and the University of Delaware, will be participating in this year’s Spring Break Week of Service, specifically by sending students to community volunteer sites in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Completes Housing Rehabilitation for CDBG Project in Alleghany County, Virginia!

Back in the Spring of 2017, SERCAP was selected as the Housing Rehabilitation Specialist for the Lower Roxbury Neighborhood Revitalization Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Project, in the Town of Clifton Forge, in Alleghany County, VA. When the project’s previous Housing Rehabilitation Specialist failed to meet the Town’s expectations, they released a new request for proposals (RFP) for Housing Rehabilitation Specialist services for the project. Summit Engineering referred SERCAP to the
RFP, and SERCAP’s Housing Department was selected to take over as the project’s new Housing Rehabilitation Specialist.

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Female Senior Citizen in Cumberland County, Virginia!

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Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted an elderly woman in Cumberland County, VA, to have a new well drilled at her home. The client’s old well went dry, leaving her completely without access to potable water for several months. 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.

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Program Assists Low-Income Couple in Caroline County, Virginia!

Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income couple in Caroline County, VA, with repairing their water-lines. The water pipes and hoses at their home had deteriorated and needed repairs. However, since the couple’s sole income is from social security, they were unable to afford the cost of the repairs themselves without experiencing financial hardship.

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SERCAP's Regional Program Provides Technical Assistance to the Weems Community in Lancaster County, Virginia!

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Home to 114 African American residents, the small community of Weems is located in the Greentown and Gaskins Road area of Lancaster County, VA. In 2016, funds from USDA’s Rural Utility Service (RUS) and a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD) were designated for the construction of a wastewater treatment system to serve the community’s 45 households. Initially, a Package Plant known as the Living Machine, which mimics a natural wetland system, was built. This type of system requires a minimum intake of wastewater so it will continually move through the tanks and not lay dormant. However, due to engineering and construction delays, the treatment plant lay idle for a couple of years before it was placed into service.

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Family of Four (4) in Culpeper County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a low-income family of four (4) living in Culpeper County, VA, to have a new well drilled at their home. The clients old well went dry, leaving them completely without access to potable water for several weeks. However, due to the clients’ low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of drilling a new well on their own without causing serious financial hardship.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists LMI Household of Two (2) as Part of Stanardsville CDBG Project in Greene County, VA!

In June of 2017, SERCAP’s Housing Department was awarded the Rehabilitation Specialist Services Contract for the Stanardsville Downtown Revitalization Project, a CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) Construction Improvement Grant (CIG) project in Greene County, VA. Over the past 30 months, SERCAP’s Housing Team has diligently worked with the community to oversee the rehabilitation of the designated properties selected for the project. Once the project is complete, SERCAP will have provided housing rehabilitation assistance to 10 downtown apartment units in the Town of Stanardsville. The project will bring the selected apartment units up to the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development’s (DHCD) Housing Quality Standards (HQS), improve the beneficiaries’ living conditions, and remove blight from the community.

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Program Assists Low-Income Family of Six (6) in Botetourt County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income, family of six (6) in Botetourt County, VA, with repairing their septic drain-field. The family has been living in their home for four (4) years, and they recently began experiencing difficulty with their septic system. The drain-field was not draining properly and sewage/wastewater was coming out of the ground. However, since the family is low-income, they were unable to afford the cost of repairing the septic drain-field themselves without experiencing financial hardship.

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Elderly Female in Stafford County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a low-income elderly woman living in Stafford County, VA, to have a new well drilled. Her old well went dry, leaving her without potable water in her home for a few months. 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.

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SERCAP’s Housing Department Assists Low-Income Family of Three as Part of Dillwyn CDBG Project in Buckingham County, VA!

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.

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SERCAP is Now Accepting Entries for the 2020 Water Is Life! Art Contest!

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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.

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SERCAP’s Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Single Female in Lancaster County, VA!

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.

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SERCAP’s Housing Department Assists Extremely Low-Income Widow in the City of Suffolk, Virginia!

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.

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SERCAP’s Regional Department Provides Technical Assistance to Low-Income IPR Housing Project in Botetourt County, VA!

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.

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22 January 2021
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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income senior citizen living in the Town of Dillwyn in Buckingham County, VA, as part of the Dillwyn Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) project. The client’s house, built in 1940, was in need...
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Recently, SERCAP’s Housing Department assisted a low-income family of three (3) living in Louisa County, VA, to complete several necessary repairs and upgrades to their home. The family, a couple and their disabled adult son, has lived in their home ...