Housing for the Homeless

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Request for Proposals for the 2015 Continuum of Care Competition

PIERRE, S.D. –   South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium is currently soliciting pre-applications for permanent supportive housing projects for homeless individuals and families.  Eligible projects include:

  • New permanent supportive housing projects where all beds will be dedicated for use by chronically homeless individuals and families;
  • New rapid re-housing projects for homeless individuals and families who enter 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.  The Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) is available at https://www.hudexchange.info/resources/documents/Revised-FY-2015-CoC-Program-NOFA.pdf.  Information on the CoC Program can be found at https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/coc/.  Funds can be used for new construction, rehabilitation, operating and leasing.

Be sure to carefully read the description for this funding program before completing an application.  Supportive Service expenses should be extremely limited and Supportive Service only applications are not eligible for submission.  The pre-application form can be found at www.housingforthehomeless.org

Application deadline is 5 p.m., (CDT), Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015.  Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  Pre-Applications can be submitted as an e-mail attachment to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fax the form to 605.773.5154 (attn:  Lisa Bondy), or mail it to Lisa Bondy, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, PO Box 1237, Pierre, SD  57501.  Only submit the pre-application.  Do not submit any other information or materials.

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.

The National Human Services Data Conference (NHSDC) is an excellent conference in regards to HMIS, please see the agenda link below for more information. 

The NHSDC 2015 Fall Conference will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown from October 22-23, 2015, in Miami, FL. The conference will open at 8:00 am on Thursday, October 22nd, and end at 4:00 pm on Friday, October 23rd.

Some of the Conference sessions are:

  • system planning and evaluation
  • data-driven design, evaluation, and allocation
  • how Minnesota is transforming its data environment to end homelessness
  • using cross system collaboration to improve the client experience
  • using HMIS to support coordinated entry and service prioritization
  • using GIS to map HMIS data

Conference Link

PIERRE, S.D. – The 2015 Statewide Point in Time Homeless Count that was conducted on Jan. 27, 2015, revealed that 1,036 individuals were homeless in South Dakota. This number represents a 17 percent increase from the 2014 count of 885 individuals. Sixty-one percent were adults over the age of 24; 26 percent were children under 18; and 13 percent were adults 18 to 24 years of age.  Eighty-seven percent were sheltered on the night of the count, either in emergency shelter, transitional housing or motels being paid for by a non-profit.  Thirteen percent were unsheltered on the night of the count.  Unsheltered includes the street, vehicles, or places not meant for human habitation.

The Point in Time Homeless Count was conducted by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SDHHC) in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers. The statewide, one-day count was a snapshot of people experiencing homelessness.

To further define the snapshot of homelessness of the 1,036 counted in January, 17 percent were veterans, 81 percent were individuals, 17 percent were households with children and two percent were unaccompanied children.

To establish strategic goals and objectives to address homelessness in South Dakota, the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium has drafted a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.  SDHHC is currently asking for the public’s review and comments with community meetings being held during July.

If your community is interested in holding a public meeting for the Ten-Year Plan, please contact Jake Cummings at (605) 773-7618 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Draft of the Ten-Year Plan, information on location and dates for scheduled public meetings as well as detailed data on the Homeless Count results can be found on homeless website at www.housingforthehomeless.org.

For Immediate Release:                                         For More Information:
June 24, 2015                                                                    Lisa Bondy, SDHHC Coordinator, 773-3445

There will be several public comment meetings on the draft Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness.

Vermillion - July 7 - 4:00 PM
City Hall
25 Center Street
Individuals can RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sioux Falls - July 8 - 10:00 AM
Main Library
224 W. Ninth Street
Individuals can RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mitchell - July 21 - 12:00 PM
James Valley Community Centers North Room
929 E. 2nd Avenue
Individuals can RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Aberdeen - August 6 - 1:30 PM
Plymouth Congregational Church
431 W. Melgaard Road
Individuals can RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

draft Ten-Year Plan


The Statewide Homeless Summit was held, recently in Oacoma. Around 100 people attended the conference! Speakers and content were well received. Below is some additional handouts. 

PIERRE, S.D. – As the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium prepares South Dakota’s Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness, they are asking for public input.

“The problem of homelessness, many say, is unsolvable,” said Mark Lauseng, Executive Director. “Although helping homeless people with emergency shelter and transitional housing addresses the immediate need of our state’s homeless, having a significant impact on reducing the number of homeless individuals and families is more difficult.”

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has requested each state to create a Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness. This plan will outline key strategies for addressing homelessness such as increasing permanent supportive housing; systems prevention with discharge planning from correctional facilities, foster care systems and mental health facilities; outreach and sustainable housing efforts for individuals and families currently on the street; emergency prevention assistance such as rent, mortgage, utility assistance, case management and Rapid Re-Housing programs to quickly move them from shelters into permanent supportive housing.

The Consortium asks that the public give input on homelessness in their areas and potential solutions by completing a short online survey.

The survey can be found at: TAKE SURVEY

Survey responses will be accepted until September 26, 2014.

For more information on the Ten-Year Plan or this survey, please email Lisa Bondy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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For Immediate Release:                                           Contact:
September 10, 2014                                                   Mark Lauseng, Executive Director
                                                                                    605.773.3181Ten-Year Plan to End Homelessness – Public Input Needed

South Dakota Housing Development Authority is an independent, quasi-public agency that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout South Dakota. SDHDA is totally self-supporting and receives no tax money, appropriations or other funding from the state. 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.

PIERRE, S.D. – Twenty emergency and domestic violence shelters in fifteen communities in South Dakota will find financial operations a little easier with the help of $513,761 in grant funding through the South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA).
The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program is a federal program through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, administered by SDHDA. ESG funding is awarded annually.
ESG funds can be used for renovation or rehabilitation of emergency housing shelters, shelter operations, homeless prevention, rapid re-housing and administrative expenses.
The 2014 recipients are the shelters located in Aberdeen, Brookings, Custer, Huron, Lake Andes, Lemmon, Madison, Mitchell, Mobridge, Pierre, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Spearfish, Watertown and Yankton.
The ESG Program is designated toward reducing homelessness by providing emergency housing and services throughout our state,” said Executive Director Mark Lauseng. “It is reassuring to know that this valuable resource is available to assist shelters with operations and developing homeless prevention activities.

Since the ESG Program’s inception 27 years ago, SDHDA has awarded approximately $7 million directly to shelters statewide.
Below is information regarding funded recipients:


Agency: Safe Harbor
Community: Aberdeen
ESG Funds Awarded: $31,810

Agency:
Journey Church
Community: Aberdeen
ESG Funds Awarded: $68,720

Agency: Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter
Community: Brookings
ESG Funds Awarded: $12,500

Agency:
Women Escaping a Violent Environment
Community: Custer
ESG Funds Awarded: $17,218

Agency:
YWCA Women’s Shelter
Community: Huron
ESG Funds Awarded: $32,270

Agency:
Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS)
Community: Lake Andes
ESG Funds Awarded: $32,640

Agency:
Communities Against Violence and Abuse
Community: Lemmon
ESG Funds Awarded: $10,500

Agency:
Domestic Violence Network
Community: Madison
ESG Funds Awarded: $21,303

Agency:
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP)
Community: Madison
ESG Funds Awarded: $40,288

Agency:
Mitchell Area Safehouse
Community: Mitchell
ESG Funds Awarded: $55,524

Agency:
Bridges Against Domestic Violence
Community: Mobridge
ESG Funds Awarded: $5,000

Agency:
Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
Community: Pierre
ESG Funds Awarded: $30,300

Agency:
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
Community: Rapid City
ESG Funds Awarded: $14,000

Agency:
Cornerstone Women’s Shelter
Community: Rapid City
ESG Funds Awarded: $8,000

Agency:
Working Against Violence Inc.
Community: Rapid City
ESG Funds Awarded: $22,040

Agency:
Children’s Inn
Community: Sioux Falls
ESG Funds Awarded: $18,500

Agency: St. Frances House
Community: Sioux Falls
ESG Funds Awarded: $36,500

Agency:
Artemis House
Community: Spearfish
ESG Funds Awarded: $13,500

Agency:
Watertown Resource Center
Community: Watertown
ESG Funds Awarded: $18,630

Agency: Yankton Homeless Shelter
Community: Yankton
ESG Funds Awarded: $24,518

More information about the Emergency Shelter Grant Program can be found at www.sdhda.org or you may request information via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For Immediate Release:                Contact:
July 24, 2014                                             Mark Lauseng
                                                                   Executive Director
                                                                   605.773.3620
South Dakota Housing Development Authority Awards Emergency Solutions Grants

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The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is an independent, quasi-public agency that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout South Dakota. SDHDA is totally self-supporting and receives no tax money, appropriations or other funding from the State. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. SDHDA is a proud partner of the State’s 2010 Initiative to “Brand and Develop South Dakota’s Quality of Life as the Best in America.” For more information, visit www.sdhda.org or www.2010initiative.com.

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