Housing assistance available for South Dakotans impacted by COVID-19

PIERRE – South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) has been awarded $10 million to assist South Dakotans who have been financially impacted by COVID-19 and need help paying their housing expenses such as rent, mortgage, and/or utilities.

The assistance, funded by the State of South Dakota from the Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, can provide South Dakotans with up to $1,500 a month. 

Eligible applicants can earn up to 115 percent of the area median income but must have a demonstrated financial need and be at risk of losing their housing. Assistance can be provided for past due rent, mortgage and/or utilities and may be used for future housing payments, for the time period of March 1 through Dec. 30, 2020.

Assistance provided is not a loan and does not have to be paid back. Payment is made directly to the landlord, mortgage servicer or utility provider on the applicant’s behalf. 

Households who may have current protections in place such as an eviction moratorium, should inquire about this financial assistance.

Potential applicants can visit sdcareshousingassistance.com to verify eligibility requirements and to begin the application process. Online applications are mobile friendly and will be processed by partnering agencies throughout the state. Should applicants not have internet access, a listing of partnering agencies that are available to help households complete an application can be found on www.sdhda.org. The application process closes Dec. 18, 2020, or sooner if funding is expended.

If a family is not eligible for these funds, partner agencies may make referrals to other agencies that offer relevant services and resources.

For more information on the CARES Act Housing Assistance program, contact SDHDA at 800-540-4241 or the Helpline Center at 211.