Housing for the Homeless

2019 Statewide Homeless Count Results

PIERRE – The 2019 Statewide Point-in-Time Homeless Count revealed that 995 individuals were experiencing homelessness in South Dakota on Jan. 22, 2019. The count conducted within a 24-hour time period, includes sheltered individuals who are staying in emergency shelters, transitional housing or motels paid for by an agency and unsheltered individuals who are staying in vehicles, on the streets or in places not meant for human habitation.

Of the 995 homeless individuals counted:

  • 74 percent were adults over the age of 24, 19 percent were children under 18, and 7 percent were young adults 18 to 24 years of age
  • 76 percent of those surveyed were sheltered on the night of the count and 24 percent of those surveyed were unsheltered on the night of the count
  • 66 persons were veterans compared to 110 in 2017, a decrease of 40 percent; of the veterans counted, 83 percent were sheltered
  • 188 persons were children (under age 18) compared to 218 in 2018, an decrease of 14 percent
  • 389 females and 605 males were counted
  • 761 persons were sheltered and 234 were unsheltered in 2019

Compared to the 2018 count of 1,159, the 2019 count of 995 represents a 14 percent decrease. The one-day snapshots tend to be undercounted and are heavily influenced by factors such as county coverage, number of volunteers, and the greatest factor weather. The 2019 count day weather conditions were generally colder as compared to the weather of 2018 count day.

The Point-in-Time Homeless Count was conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) in collaboration with community agencies, government, individual volunteers, and homeless service providers. All counties participated in South Dakota. More information on the 2019 and prior years’ homeless counts can be found at www.housingforthehomeless.org.

SDHHC is a statewide organization created to address homelessness in South Dakota. Individuals or organizations interested in learning more about SDHHC are encouraged to visit the website www.housingforthehomeless.org and attend the 14th Annual Homeless Summit being held June 18 – 19, 2019, in Oacoma.

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In 2001, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium was created to help unify the people who provide services to the homeless. Throughout the years, this group has been able to identify gaps and create programs and services that make it easier for people to make it on their own. Since its initiation, the Consortium has received federal funding totaling over $22 million to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state.

For Immediate Release:                                                                      For More Information:
January 3, 2019                                                                                          Mark Lauseng, 773-3181

PIERRE –On Jan. 22, 2019, South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC), an affiliate of South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), will conduct its annual statewide Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count. 

The Point-In-Time homeless count is a critical source of annual data on homeless persons and families, providing characteristics of people who are experiencing homelessness. Data from the annual PIT homeless count is used to measure homelessness on local, state, and national levels. PIT count data helps policy makers and communities measure progress, identify strengths and gaps in services, increases public awareness of homelessness, and enhances system planning and responses.

With the help of volunteers across the state, SDHHC will complete a count of homeless persons within the geographic area of South Dakota. To be effective, SDHHC divides the state into six count areas. There are coordinators in each area who will be working with agencies and volunteers to conduct the 2019 PIT count. Coordinators and their areas are listed below. If you have been involved with the count in the past, or would like to be involved, please contact the individuals in your area for more information on training and organization plans for communities. 

  • Sioux Falls Contact: Suzanne Smith, Augustana Research Institute, (605) 274-5010 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rapid City Contact: Maryann Leanna, Cornerstone Rescue Mission, (605) 721-9497or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Minnehaha, Grant, Deuel, Codington, Hamlin, Clark, Kingsbury, Brookings, Miner, Lake, Lincoln, Moody, McCook, Turner Contacts: Arleen Weerheim, Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, (605) 256-6518 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.and Tammie Denning 605-334-2808 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Walworth Contact: Patrick Gallagher, GROW South Dakota, (605) 626-2565 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Jackson, Haakon, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Ziebach, Oglala Lakota Contact: Laurie Theilmann, Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership, (605) 348-1460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Lyman, Mellette, Sanborn, Todd, Trip, Union, Yankton, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Jones Contact: Darcie Bultje, Rural Office of Community Services, (605) 487-7634 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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In 2001, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) was created to help unify the people who provide services to the homeless. Throughout the years, this group has been able to identify gaps and create programs and services that make it easier for people to make it on their own. Since its initiation, the Consortium has received federal funding totaling over $20 million to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state.

Project Connect is a one-stop service center providing a continuum of services that include, just to name a few; employment assistance, haircuts, family portraits, dental screenings, a hot meal, veteran services and state services and benefits.  Mark your calendar for September 25, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 714 N. Grand Avenue, Pierre. River City Transit will be providing free rides, call to pre-schedule your ride today.  If you would like to volunteer during the event, access the online sign up registration by clicking this link….contact Denise with South Dakota Housing Development Authority at 773-2598 for questions or more information.

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For Immediate Release:                   For More Information:
July 9, 2018                                           Davis Schofield, Continuum of Care Administrator, 773-3445

South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium is currently soliciting pre-applications from agencies interested in providing permanent supportive housing opportunities for individuals and families who are homeless.  

Funding will come from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development’s Continuum of Care Program - https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/. Funds can be used for new construction, rehabilitation, supportive services, operating and leasing, and rental assistance.  The 2018 funding includes bonus funding targeted to providing housing and services to survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.  

More information regarding this funding opportunity and eligible projects can found on the website listed above and within the 2018 pre-application form located atwww.housingforthehomeless.org.

2018 CoC Competition Timeline
2018 Pre-Application

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Davis Schofield to discuss their proposed application.  Deadline is 5 p.m., (CDT), Monday, July 23, 2018.  Pre-Applications can be submitted as an email attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., faxed to 605.773.5154 (attn: Davis Schofield), or mailed to Davis Schofield, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, PO Box 1237, Pierre, SD 57501.  

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The South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium was created in 2001 to help unify the people who provide services to the homeless. Throughout the years the Consortium has identified gaps and created programs and services that make it easier for people to make it on their own. Since its initiation, the Consortium has received over $22 million in federal funding to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state.

For Immediate Release                                                For More Information Contact:
April 26, 2018                                                                   Mark Lauseng, Executive Director, 773.3181 

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is inviting nonprofits and units of local government to submit applications for funding from the Emergency Solutions Grants program.

The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program, funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, provides financing for short-term and medium-term rental assistance and services to stabilize and rapidly re-house individuals and households who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

Funds are available annually and are awarded by SDHDA through an application process. The ESG program allocation plan and application can be found on SDHDA’s website at www.sdhda.org. Complete applications must be received at SDHDA on Thursday, May 31, by 5 p.m. Central Time.

For more information, contact Denise Albertson at 605.773.3181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota Legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing to low and moderate income South Dakotans. SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity. SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits, and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs which provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention, and rental assistance. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. For more information, visit www.sdhda.org.

 

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority…Building a Better Quality of Life.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018, South Dakota will be conducting the Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC). The counts are required by HUD nationwide and the information is collected and reported to Congress. The information obtained is also used for measuring progress, identifying strengths in services, identifying gaps in services, increasing public awareness and enhancing system planning.

For Immediate Release:                                                                     For More Information:
January 3, 2018                                                                                 Mark Lauseng, 773-3181 

On Jan. 23, 2018, South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC), an affiliate of South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA), will conduct its annual statewide Point-In-Time (PIT) homeless count.

The Point-In-Time homeless count is a critical source of annual data on homeless persons and families, providing characteristics of people who are experiencing homelessness. Data from the annual PIT homeless count is used to measure homelessness on local, state, and national levels. PIT count data helps policy makers and communities measure progress, identify strengths and gaps in services, increases public awareness of homelessness, and enhances system planning and responses.

With the help of volunteers across the state, SDHHC will complete a count of homeless persons within the geographic area of South Dakota. To be effective, SDHHC divides the state into six count areas. There are coordinators in each area who will be working with agencies and volunteers to conduct the 2018 PIT count. Coordinators and their areas are listed below. If you have been involved with the count in the past, or would like to be involved, please contact the individuals in your area for more information on training and organization plans for communities.

  • Sioux Falls Contact: Stacey Tieszen, Minnehaha County Department of Human Services, (605) 978-5611 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Rapid City Contacts: Barb Garcia, Rapid City Community Development, (605) 394-4181 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Andrea Denke, Community Health Center of the Black Hills, (605) 394-2230 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Minnehaha, Grant, Deuel, Codington, Hamlin, Clark, Kingsbury, Brookings, Miner, Lake, Lincoln, Moody, McCook, Turner Contacts:  Arleen Weerheim, Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, (605) 256-6518 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Tammie Denning 605-334-2808 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, Marshall, McPherson, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully, Walworth Contact: Patrick Gallagher, GROW South Dakota, (605) 626-2565 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Bennet, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Jackson, Haakon, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Perkins, Ziebach, Oglala Lakota Contact: Laurie Theilmann, Western South Dakota Community Action Partnership, (504) 348-1460 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  • Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Lyman, Mellette, Sanborn, Todd, Trip, Union, Yankton, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld Jones Contact: Darcie Bultje, Rural Office of Community Services, (605) 487-7634 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

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In 2001, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium was created to help unify the people who provide services to the homeless. Throughout the years, this group has been able to identify gaps and create programs and services that make it easier for people to make it on their own.  Since its initiation, the Consortium has received federal funding totaling over $19 million to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state. 

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