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South Dakota eviction prevention and homeless assistance programs.

Tenants facing eviction as well as the currently homeless in South Dakota can get help from a number of programs. The resources range from federal government Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG), rehousing services, and direct financial aid. Several non-profits across South Dakota are focused on both preventing and reversing homelessness in the state.

The amount and type of assistance offered by agency will vary. Some may offer grants for paying a portion of back rent or a security deposit. Others offer transitional or low income housing to families. There will be conditions in place as well, as some non-profits focus on low income families while some may only help veterans or victims of domestic violence. However, most of the organizations will offer some type of referrals to those that do not qualify for their programs. So even if they can’t meet your specific need, they may have information on other options.

Eviction prevention is always in high demand. The non-profits will offer qualified low income residents with stabilization services. This may be short to so called medium rental assistance as well as case management. All of this is meant to prevent homelessness in South Dakota. Since it is in high demand and funds often run out, some families will be provided a low or zero percent loan for their rental expenses.

For those that are currently homeless, street outreach is when case managers or volunteers reach out to unsheltered families and individuals in South Dakota. They will refer them to emergency shelter, transitional housing and other social services.

Some of the non-profits run shelters as well. Guests of the centers can access case management services, life skills training, get referrals to employment opportunities, and access medical care. Some of these are focused on people with mental illness or veterans.

Rehousing is moving an individual or South Dakota based family into permanent, low income housing. There may be government grants available to pay for associated costs. This may include security or utility deposits and payments, first and last month's rent, and more. In some cases the actual moving costs or an application fee is covered.




Those that were evicted, or lost their home to a foreclosure, can get help in locating safe and affordable apartments or housing. If a housing unit selected meets approved conditions, then the Emergency Shelter Grant program may help pay for a portion of the deposit.

A government subsidized home may be selected, but there is usually a waiting list for this. This will tie into the HUD section 8 housing choice voucher program. While the amount of the South Dakota or federal government issued voucher to the participant will vary, it can help clients pay a portion of their rent going forward.

Most organization in South Dakota will also require self-sufficiency and ongoing case management. Social workers or volunteers will work with individuals on life skills issues. This ranges from employment to improved financial literacy and management.

Groups that are considered at risk if they were to be homeless can also get help, and they may take priority. Some examples of this are as follows.

  • Victims of domestic violence may have transitional housing, emergency rental assistance, and free legal aid provided to them.
  • South Dakota veterans may qualify for the SSVF, or Supportive Services for Veteran Families. This is a comprehensive homeless prevention and case management type service.
  • Some low income apartments and housing units are focused on the disabled.
  • Families with children, or single parents, may receive priority to any rental or housing assistance that is available in the state.

As noted, the exact type of assistance will vary. It depends on any conditions that are put into place by the organization as well as any restrictions on the ESG program. Most non-profits also have very limited funding available to them.





Agencies to call for eviction assistance

Safe Harbor
Aberdeen, SD 57402-0041
Telephone number is (605) 226-1212

Journey Church
502 E Melgaard Road
Aberdeen, South Dakota 57401
Main phone number - (605) 262-0514

Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter
PO Box 36
Brookings, SD 57006
(605) 692-7233

Women Escaping a Violent Environment
PO Box 729
Custer, SD 57730
(605) 673-6333

Wholeness Center
Flandreau, SD 57028
(605) 997-3535
Case managers can advise tenants that are facing an eviction.

YWCA Family Violence Program
Main address is 17 5th Street SWE
Huron, SD 57350
(605) 352-2793

NACB Women’s Lodge
PO Box 572
Lake Andes, SD 57356
(605) 487-7072

Communities Against Violence and Assault
Lemmon, SD 57638
Main phone - (605) 374-5823

Domestic Violence Network
Address is PO Box 110
Madison, South Dakota 57042
Dial 605.427.7233 for information on housing programs.

Mitchell Area Safehouse
Location - 1809 North Wisconsin Street
Mitchell, South Dakota 57301
Telephone - (605) 996-6622





Bridges Against Domestic Violence
Address - PO Box 2
Mobridge, SD 57601
(605) 845-2110

Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center
PO Box 398
Pierre, SD 57501
(605) 224-0256

Cornerstone Rescue Mission
PO Box 2188
Rapid City, SD 57709
(605) 341-2741
A focus is on rehousing the homeless, and this may include ESG funds or help with a deposit.

Cornerstone Women and Children’s Shelter
404 Columbus Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

Working Against Violence Inc.
527 Quincy Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Telephone: (605) 341-3292

Volunteers of America
PO Box 89306
Sioux Falls, SD 57109
Call - (605) 444-6316
They have information on emergency grants for rent and transitional housing.

Children’s Inn
409 North Western Avenue
Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57104
Phone - (605) 338-0116

St. Francis House
1301 Austin Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
(605) 334-3879

Artemis House
Spearfish, SD 57783
For intake, dial (605) 542-7825





Crisis Intervention Shelter Services
PO Box 842
Sturgis, SD 57785
Telephone - (605) 347-0050

Watertown Resource Center
PO Box 781
Watertown, SD 57201

Yankton Homeless Shelter
Address is 12 E 4th St.
Yankton, SD 57078
Phone number 605-665-8994


By Jon McNamara











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