Emergency and long term rent assistance is offered by many South Dakota agencies. Some of them operate from multiple locations in the state and others focus on certain cities or counties, such as Minnehaha County or Sioux City. The leading places to turn to for security deposit or rent help are listed below.
When applying, there is a focus on helping the homeless and tenants with an eviction letter (but that have a source of income). Many of the grants available for assisting with rent will also go to single parent or families with children, with a second focus on senior citizens or the disabled in the state. Any funds available as part of these rental assistance programs will also only by for families in South Dakota that meet eligibility criteria. So bring proof of income, employment, residency, a copy of the lease, and other documentation.
The source of the money available for paying for rent and other housing costs, such as utilities, comes from different organizations. Some of them are government affiliated, such as local county welfare offices. Other groups that are rent help include Society of St. Vincent de Paul affiliated churches and the Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, which may also offer loans or security deposit programs.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a group of churches that try to offer social services in the community. Direct financial aid can assist with back rent, medications, energy bills, and even home repairs. Many housing programs are run by each affiliated church.
Cornerstone Rescue Mission
In Rapid City dial (605) 484-9209. Veterans in Sioux Falls can dial (605) 390-6380. The Rescue Mission also operates in Aberdeen (dial (605) 393-7996) and rent help is also available for veterans in Pierre (phone (605) 393-7806).
SSVF, or the Supportive Services for Veterans Families, is a HUD sponsored homeless prevention and rapid re-housing program. It is for homeless veterans and low income families. The goal is to help with energy bills, paying rent, moving or relocation costs, and other expenses that can lead to permanent housing.
The Community Outreach is based in Sioux Falls at 225 E. 11th Street, Suite 200. The charity is made up of churches, the Sioux Empire United Way, and others. Housing resources range from help paying for security deposits to money for 1st month's rent for people seeking housing. There is also permanent housing placement, job placement, and general guidance in an effort to ensure the tenant keeps up with their rent. Phone - (605) 331-3935.
Beresford Faith In Action
The main intake site is at 101 S. 5th Street
Beresford, South Dakota, 57004
Dial (605) 763-8019
Volunteers of America Northern Rockies
24 E. New York Street
Rapid City, SD, 57701
The Ryan White Care Program is run. It provides transitional housing, shelter, and medical care for HIV/AIDS patients.
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative runs the National Farmworker Jobs Program in South Dakota. Dial 800) 224-5336 for information. However the financial assistance can provide rental deposit help when relocating due to a job. There is also employment counseling services, emergency grants for ongoing rent when faced with an eviction, and information on college programs. Applicants for rapid rehousing need to be migrant or seasonal farm workers. The address is 221 S. Central Avenue, Suite 33, Pierre, SD, 57501.
Pierre Area Referral Service
Location - 2520 E. Franklin
Pierre, SD, 57501
For information on support service, dial (605) 224-8731.
Rosebud Sioux Tribe only helps people on their lands from their Tribal Office at 11 Legion Avenue, Rosebud, SD, 57570. Emergency financial aid for rent and more is provided. Phone - (605) 747-2401.
Housing programs from the Salvation Army
There are several locations listed below. While each offers various assistance programs, these South Dakota centers may be able to help with rent. There will also be shelter, transitional housing for single moms or seniors, and other resources. Any money for security deposits, heating bills, or rent arrears is limited, but they may also provide referrals to other non-profits.
My Neighbor connects the working poor and low income to benefits. Whether it is section 8 HUD vouchers, income based apartments, or rental assistance, they link clients to a resource. A clearing house is the place to apply for grants, loans, and other emergency rent programs. Dial (605) 691-3225, or drop in at 1310 Main Avenue S., Suite 113, Brookings, SD, 57006.
Love INC of Greater Canton
Housing programs are run from 111 E. 6th Street
Canton, South Dakota, 57013
The charity provides referrals and emergency rent aid when the need arises.
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, or ICAP, has several offices. They offer emergency assistance with paying back rent, mortgages, lodging costs such as motel vouchers, and more. The need must be immediate and all other non-profits and government programs applied at first. Tenants seeking rent help range from the disabled or seniors living on a fixed income to the underemployed and others.
Guiding Hand Foundation only supports low to moderate income cancer patients in South Dakota. Dial (605) 521-2750. They offer a bride to short term relief. Everything from rent to mortgage help, money for lodging or moving, and more is provided.
GROW of South Dakota
104 Ash Street E.
Sisseton, South Dakota, 57262
For referrals to rent and homeless prevention services, dial (605) 698-7654.
Volunteers of America – Dakotas supports veterans using the Per Diem program. There may be free furniture, grants to pay security deposits or rent, utility help, legal aid to review a lease and much more. Location is 1113 E. 14th Street, Sioux Falls, SD, 5710. Veterans who need homeless prevention or housing help can call (605) 274-1540.
County welfare and assistance offices – These are located in most parts of the state. As part of their economic assistance programs, they can provide grants for rental costs, deposits on a new home, and other homeless prevention services. Funds for housing or rent costs are only available once per year at most. If the offices below can’t help, then find other sources of emergency rent money.
Pennington County Health and Human Services
Address: 725 N. Lacrosse Street, Suite 200
Rapid City, South Dakota, 57701
Main phone - (605) 394-2156
One time financial help is available for paying rent, heating bills, and transportation for work. The program is a last resort when TANF will not assist. Any money provided for rent or other bills is provided using a 0% interest rate loan with a favorable repayment plan.
Brookings County Veterans Service Office and Human Services – This government offices helps veterans, their spouses, dependents and survivors in applying for benefits. The location is 520 3rd Street, Suite 210, Brookings, SD, 57006. Most of the aid, such as for rent or eviction prevention, is for a crisis. For more information on obtaining a grant to pay rent due to a landlord, dial (605) 696-8260.
Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission
630 S. Minnesota Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota, 57104
Dial (605) 332-0704
Long term rent subsidized housing is arranged for the disabled or those with HIV/AIDS. Note a waiting list is often in place for a voucher. They also direct clients to HUD housing choice vouchers for their rent and legal support is arranged.
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