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.
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.
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:
‘Pick 6’ Challenge for Hunger and Homeless Awareness
Instructions and Information
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.
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.