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Ensuring Community Success through Housing

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Quality housing is scarce in rural South Dakota and the solution to create more housing is challenging to solve. One small town in northeast South Dakota, Northville, is doing something to increase available housing. Northville has an estimated population of 148 and former mayor Ruth Clemens has lived there nearly all of her life. She owned land in town and didn’t want to see it sit idle. Ruth sold the property to Grow Spink, a non-profit development organization; with aspirations they would develop the land and build a new home.

Grow Spink, who serves all of Spink County, spearheaded the construction of a split-level house with an attached garage. Retired executive director Craig Johnson states, “Northville City is addressing empty lots and dilapidated structures by identifying 1 or 2 properties a year that are properly cleaned up physically, legally, and financially.  Northville residents take pride in their city and their efforts are being rewarded as each property is cleaned up and a house constructed that increases the tax base and brings new residents to their city."

One of the hurdles in constructing the home was to secure affordable financing. GROW South Dakota, a non-profit that specializes in housing, community, and economic development, provided the necessary financing. “GROW SD provided a simple streamlined solution to financing this split level home.  Communication and direction for invoices, lien waivers, time frames, interest payments, etc. were clear and direct. They were a great partner for this project" stated Craig Johnson.

With the partnerships of Grow Spink, GROW South Dakota, and the City of Northville, a new home was built. The house made it possible for a young family to move back to the community.  When looking from across the street, former mayor Ruth stated, “I’m so proud of this project and proud to call Northville home”.

New Grow Spink Executive Director, Lisa Zens, stated “I’m excited to continue the success and bring more new housing to Spink County.”

If you know of a non-profit organization that could benefit from GROW SD services or financing visit or call (605) 698-7654. Until, 8/31/16, loans up to $50,000, may be elidgable for a 3.99% special interest rate. GROW South Dakota is an equal opportunity provider, lender, and employer.

Category: Success Stories

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