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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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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Assists Community of Clover in Halifax County, Virginia!

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.

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Low-Income Family of Two in Bedford County, VA!

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.

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SERCAP’s Housing Department Assists Family of Three (3) as Part of Highway 49 Skipwith CDBG Project in Mecklenburg County, VA!

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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).

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SERCAP’s Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Low-Income Family of Two in Bland County, VA!

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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.

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SERCAP's Housing Department Assists Low-Income Family of Four (4) as Part of CSBG Project in Emporia, Virginia!

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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 two+ years.

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SERCAP's VFC Alternative Break Program Prepares for Upcoming 2019/2020 Academic Year!

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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.

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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Assists Town of Newsoms in Southampton County, Virginia!

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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. 

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Elderly Couple in Prince Edward County, Virginia!

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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.

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SERCAP's Regional Program Continues to Assist Communities Across the Commonwealth of Virginia with Annual Water Quality Reports!

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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.

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Business and Employment Notice: SERCAP's Housing Program Solicits Participation of Minority and Female Owned Businesses for Housing Rehabilitation Projects

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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) is currently preparing to carry out the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program through the use of Virginia Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation/Loan Program (IPR) funds. The use of IPR funds will be $300,000.00 for 2019 & 2020. Eight housing rehabilitation projects will be completed within 2 years. The IPR Program is funded and overseen by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).

During the implementation of this program, the following job types may become available:

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Business and Employment Notice: SERCAP's Housing Program is Looking for Local Contractors

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Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc. (SERCAP) is currently preparing to carry out the Indoor Plumbing & Rehabilitation (IPR) Program through the use of Virginia Indoor Plumbing Rehabilitation/Loan Program (IPR) funds. The use of IPR funds will be $300,000.00 for 2019 & 2020. Eight housing rehabilitation projects will be completed within 2 years. The IPR Program is funded and overseen by the Virginia Department of Housing & Community Development (DHCD).

During the implementation of this program, the following job types may become available:

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SERCAP's Certified CDFI Loan Fund Program Assists Single LMI Female in Bland County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund assisted a Low-to-Moderate Income (LMI) single woman in Bland County, VA, with having a new individual household well drilled. The client was experiencing difficulties with her old well, as it was producing very little water. At its worst, the old well was only producing one (1) pint of water per minute, and would stop pumping water completely every few minutes. However, due to the client’s LMI status, she was unable to afford the whole cost of having a new well drilled on her own.

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SERCAP's Essential & Critical Needs Program Assists Family of Four (4) in Buchanan County, Virginia!

Currently, SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program assisted a low-income, family of four (4) in Buchanan County, VA, with the installation of new Septic System. The family recently began experiencing difficulty with their old septic system and learned that an entirely new system needed to be installed. However, the family is very low-income, and the cost of replacing the Septic System on their own would have caused significant financial hardship. The family was referred to SERCAP by the local Health Department, and fortunately, SERCAP was able to step-in and provide some financial assistance. SERCAP’s Essential & Critical Needs Program approved a Grant of $1,500.00 to assist the family with the installation of their new septic system. Leveraging the Grant from SERCAP as a down-payment, the family was then able to establish a payment plan with the Contractor for the remaining balance due.

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SERCAP’s Certified CDFI Loan Fund and Essential & Critical Needs Grant Programs Assist Low-Income Couple in Prince Edward County, VA!

Recently, SERCAP’s Certified CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) Loan Fund partnered with the agency’s Essential & Critical Needs Grant Program to assist a low-income, senior couple in Prince Edward County, VA, to drill a new individual household well and install a new well pump. The couple recently began experiencing difficulties with their well, and they were no longer able to drink the water coming from the well. The old well was producing muddy, contaminated water, indicating that it was time to replace the old well and the well pump. However, due to the couple’s low-income status, they were unable to afford the cost of replacing the well and the pump on their own.

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SERCAP's Facilities Development Grant Program Provides Additional Assistance to Tangier Island in Accomack County, VA!

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SERCAP’s Regional Program has been providing long-term assistance to Tangier Island, a part of Accomack County, VA, for several years now. Tangier is a small island of approximately 740 acres, located in the Chesapeake Bay, and is only accessible via ferry or small airplane. The Town of Tangier is comprised of the 83 acres of habitable land on the island, and boasts a population of only 722. Due to the island’s relative isolation, the challenges related to providing the technical and financial capacity needed to successfully operate a public water and wastewater utility are magnified. As stated in previous updates, SERCAP and the Virginia Section American Water Works Association’s (AWWA) Water Reach Committee have been working with Tangier Island over the past several years, to resolve some of the challenges, including: ensuring the functionality of the remote radio-read water meters, the completion of redesigned and reconfigured well vaults, repairs to the incinerator, and a punch list of other necessary tasks.

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