Housing for the Homeless

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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Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition and the Homeless Advisory Board hosts:

Their very first Landlord Engagement Panel to be held during normal monthly Forum time – please consider attending.  It will be at 11:45am on Thursday, November 16 in Classroom 1 at the Siouxland Health and Human Services building (521 N. Main Avenue, Second Floor). Feel free to share and invite others who are wanting to listen and learn from experienced property managers/landlords in our community.

Currently scheduled as panelists are:

-          Sheila Pirrung, Property Owner and Landlord
-          Ashley Lipp, Regional Manager, Lloyd Companies
-          Becky Deelstra, Managing Director of Business Development and Marketing, Volunteers of America, Dakotas
-          Josh Kattenberg, Owner of Real Property Management Express

‘Pick 6’ Challenge for Hunger and Homeless Awareness

Instructions and Information

THANK YOU FOR PARTICIPATING!
Please consider completing SIX (6) of the fourteen challenges outlined on the attachment.  Encourage your friends and family to participate! Take photos as you complete them and post them on your Social Media using
#facinghungerandhomelessness as the hashtag. 
The Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition is on Facebook – tag us!
 
The boxes on the front can be initialed by an agency staff member when a challenge has been completed – there are 9 boxes in case you are feeling very inspired to do more! Once you have completed your Pick 6 challenge, make sure your name is on it and your card will be entered into a drawing for you and a local non-profit of your choice that serves those experiencing homelessness or food insecurity. The Challenge runs throughout the month.  Please have your card/electronic version submitted to the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition by December 1.
521 N. Main Avenue, Suite 201 Sioux Falls, SD 57104
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is a nonprofit housing finance agency with a mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to South Dakotans. On any given night over 950 people are homeless in South Dakota. Both hidden and in plain sight, many families and individuals struggle to survive every day. South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) is leading the state of South Dakota’s homeless work and the Coordinated Entry System (CES). The CES Project Manager is a critical leader in our effort to reduce homelessness in South Dakota. The Project Manager will work closely with SDHDA, members of SDHHC, funders, and community partners to develop and implement Coordinated Entry. Coordinated Entry links people experiencing homelessness to housing programs and services across South Dakota. CES is a key innovation in reducing homelessness and the importance of this strategy has been underscored by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) setting requirements for communities to establish a coordinated engagement system. 

SDHDA is seeking proposals for the Coordinated Entry System Project Manager. Proposals must be received by no later than 5:00 PM CT, November 20, 2017, addressed to Lorraine Polak, Director of Rental Housing Development, SDHDA, PO Box 1237, Pierre, SD 57501; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Electronic versions are acceptable.

Coordinated Entry System Project Manager Scope of Work

#100DayChallenge to #endyouthhomelessness

Sioux Falls has been selected as one of five rural areas to participate in a 100-day challenge to #endyouthhomelessness. 

The 100-Day Challenge is a project designed to stimulate intense collaboration, innovation, and execution, all in pursuit of a wildly ambitious 100-day goal. The method was pioneered by the Rapid Results Institute (RRI) to help communities around the world tackle tough problems. In youth homelessness, these 100-day goals will involve ending the experiences of homelessness for a large number of young people in each community. With just 100 days to make things happen, everyone from community leaders to front-line workers are challenged to do their work differently, change systems, and innovate their way to their desired goal.  The compressed time frame, high visibility, and support from coaches, peers, and federal leaders creates rapid progress.

This work is made possible through funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and private philanthropic partners. RRI provides the overall design of the 100-Day Challenges and is partnering with HomeBase to offer coaching support to each community as they embark on their 100-Day Journey.

For more information contact, Stacey Tieszen with the Minnehaha County Department of Human Services at 605.978.5611.

For Immediate Release:                                           For More Information:
June 12, 2017                                                              Davis Schofield, SDHHC Coordinator, 773-3445 


South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium is currently soliciting pre-applications for housing first initiatives for permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing projects designed to assist individuals and families experiencing homelessness in South Dakota. Eligible projects include:

  • New permanent supportive housing projects where all beds will be dedicated for use by individuals and families that meet criteria for chronic homelessness;
  • New permanent supportive housing projects for Non-Chronic Homeless individuals and families, but were chronic individuals will be given a preference;
  • New rapid re-housing projects for those experiencing homelessness who enter assistance directly from the streets or emergency shelters, and youth up to age 24.

Funding will come from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Community Planning and Development. Funds can be used for new construction, rehabilitation, supportive services, operating and leasing. 

Be sure to carefully read the description for this funding program before completing the pre-application.  Supportive Service expenses should be extremely limited and Supportive Service only applications are not eligible. More information regarding these types of programs is on the pre-application form and that can be found at www.housingforthehomeless.org.

Application deadline is 5 p.m., (CDT), Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.  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.

CLICK HERE FOR PRE-APPLICATION 

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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 millions in federal funding to provide development, operations and supportive services to a variety of homeless programs across the state. 

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