Housing for the Homeless

Kick off the New Year serving those who have served by participating in the Veterans' Holiday Relief Drive to benefit homeless and at-risk Veterans and Military families.  Hosted in partnership with the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary and Autumn Simunek ~ Miss South Dakota.  Buddy Baskets and monetary donations accepted through January 30, 2016.   For more information please view the flyer or email Autumn and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605.890.3093.

December 9, 2015 - Quarterly Consortium and Policy and Advisory (PAC) Meeting Minutes

The Plan detailed in the following document describes the Consortium’s vision and values; provides situational context, including characteristics of the service environment and homeless demographics; and specifies goals, objectives, and action steps intended to help prevent and end homelessness in South Dakota. This final product is the result of dedicated collaboration which occurred over the course of several years. SDHHC’s intent is to ensure both the document and the strategies described within have the requisite versatility and adaptability to guarantee continued relevance and utility of Plan contents.  Feedback can be provided to Lisa Bondy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 605.773.3181.


Downtown Gives Back to NAMI Sioux Falls & Gives Real Change to Homeless Community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, November 4
CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DTSF Communications Director, 605-338-4009 ext. 12

Downtown Sioux Falls, Inc. (DTSF), participating downtown retailers as well as community members are giving back in two big ways this holiday season: Downtown Gives coupon book sales to benefit NAMI Sioux Falls and a Give Real Change charity drive for the homeless community.

Downtown Gives coupon books go on sale First Friday, November 6th, at 25 partcipating retail locations. Sales of the $15 coupon books will benefit NAMI Sioux Falls and feature great deals just in time for holiday shopping. Books will be sold through December 2015 and coupons are valid through March 31, 2015. Books can be purchased at any of the 25 participating retail locations as well as the DTSF office (230 S Phillips Avenue).

The public is also encouraged to Give Real Change to support the homeless community. An online donation campaign at dtsf.com/give-real-change also launches this Friday, November 6th, and runs through Giving Tuesday, December 1st. Those who do not wish to donate online can mail donation checks to the DTSF office at 230 S Phillips Avenue, Suite 102 c/o Give Real Change.

Give Real Change donations will directly benefit Bishop Dudley Hospitality House, St. Francis House and the Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition.

"Our growing community has so many needs that DTSF wanted to expand the Downtown Gives charity umbrella to directly benefit those shelters and organizations working hard to address homelessness through the new Give Real Change effort," said DTSF Communications Director Brienne Maner.

DTSF will launch a comprehensive social media campaign scheduled for the month which will feature compelling imagery courtesy of Reistroffer Design and a hashtag: #GiveRealChange. Follow the DTSF Facebook page to get updates througout the month.

"We encourage the public not only to give back, but to share with their networks via social media and word of mouth. Chris Reistroffer of Reistroffer Design and Chad Campbell of the Bishop Dudley House have coordinated to create some very compelling imagery which we hope will have an impact in our online efforts to draw attention to the needs of our homeless community," Maner said.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week also falls in the month of November, which is a chance to contribute to a national movement. As part of the movement, Bishop Dudley Hospitality House is hosting an Inaugural Sleep Out event on Thursday, November 19. Click herefor more information.


Give Real Change Campaign's Direct Community Impact


Curious what the *direct impact a cash donation to the Give Real Change Campaign has on our community?

$20 Donation Impact:

  • $20 provides one night of safe shelter for an individual
  • $20 helps with basic necessities such as toilet paper and soap as part of a welcoming care package for families upon shelter intake
  • $20 provides lunch for 9 guests – the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House averages 125 people a day for lunch

$50 Donation Impact:

  • $50 provides 10 hygiene kits for guests to use so that they can feel prepared to face prospective employers
  • $50 provides a night’s lodging and supportive case management to an individual guest

$75 Donation Impact:

  • $75 provides a safe, secure place for a family to sleep and intensive case management daily
  • $75 provides for activities and snacks for the 7 families to utilize while staying in shelter

$100 Donation Impact:

  • $100 provides for a month’s worth of laundry for guests using the facility 
  • $100 provides for a week’s worth of water for guest’s showers
  • $100 provides for 45 lunches

*Figures provided by the Homeless Advisory Board

Click here to donate online beginning Friday, November 6th through Tuesday, December 1st.

Thank you to our partners: Bishop Dudley Hospitality HouseSt. Francis House, Sioux Empire Homeless Coalition and Reistroffer Design.

It’s time to get covered! Millions of Americans count on HealthCare.gov for quality and affordable health coverage. If you or someone you care about needs health insurance, you should know that Open Enrollment for 2016 coverage runs from November 1, 2015 through January 31, 2016. Eight out of ten people who enrolled in health coverage through HealthCare.gov qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. In fact, most people can find health insurance plans available for $75 or less per month. Learn about options available in your area by visiting HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596. Health coverage can start as soon as January 1, 2016 for consumers who sign up by December 15, 2015. Consumers who have already received health coverage through the Marketplace should come back to shop and review their coverage options by December 15, 2015 as new, better and more affordable plans may be available for them in 2016. 

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.



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