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South Dakota Establishes the Housing Opportunity Fund

Monday, April 08, 2013

New tool for providing needed housing in communities across state.

 

PIERRE, SOUTH DAKOTA-- With Governor Dennis Daugaard’s signature making SB 235 law, housing and homeless advocates across the state are celebrating the creation of the South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund, which will be used to preserve and expand sustainable, affordable and safe housing in communities throughout the state.

“We will be able to develop the housing our communities’ need, while also generating jobs and local economic activity. South Dakota neighborhoods thrive when there is a wide variety of affordable housing available” reflects Patty Bacon, Habitat for Humanity - SD.

The SD Housing Opportunity Fund (SDHOF) is part of a five-pronged economic development initiative passed by the legislature that will receive funding through the Building South Dakota Fund. The Housing Opportunity Fund will provide financing for the construction or rehabilitation of rental or homeowner housing, the preservation of existing affordable homes, home repair to increase accessibility and efficiency, homelessness prevention activities, as well as investing in community land trusts. The Housing Opportunity Fund will receive 25% of Building South Dakota Fund resources, and will be administered by the South Dakota Housing Finance Authority.

“We send our heart-felt thanks to Senator Corey Brown, and the leadership in both the
Senate and House. This is a real win-win for South Dakotans,” said Lori Moen, Grow South Dakota.

South Dakota becomes the 47 state with at least one statewide trust fund. Nationally
Housing Trust funds have provided thousands of affordable homes to more than a million people. Housing Trust fund investments have created jobs which have generated millions of dollars in local economies.

“The Housing Opportunity Fund is going to benefit South Dakotans who most urgently
need affordable housing: working families, senior citizens, and people with disabilities,” said Shireen Ranschau, SF Housing & Redevelopment Commission.

“Hardworking people should be able to afford housing and still have enough money for
groceries and other basic necessities. Unfortunately, we know many communities do not have housing that is affordable to the local workforce. The Housing Opportunity Fund will target housing for working people,” added Joy McCracken, NeighborWorks.


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Contact: Patty Bacon   605-695-9680
South Dakota Housing Opportunity Fund

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