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Creating Homeowners, Strengthening Communities: GROW South Dakota's Initiatives

Monday, June 24, 2024

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June marks National Homeownership Month, a time to recognize homeownership's pivotal role in building strong communities and fostering economic stability. For many, owning a home is more than just having a place to live; it represents a cornerstone of the American Dream, providing stability, a sense of belonging, and an opportunity to build wealth. GROW South Dakota, a statewide non-profit organization, is dedicated to making this dream a reality for the residents of South Dakota. Through a range of programs and services, GROW South Dakota empowers individuals and families to achieve and sustain homeownership, contributing to the economic development of distressed communities and underserved markets across the state.

Why Homeownership Matters

Homeownership offers a multitude of benefits, both personal and societal. For individuals and families, owning a home provides stability and security, allowing them to lay down roots and invest in their community. Homeowners often experience a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing they have a stake in their community's future. Financially, homeownership can be a critical step toward building wealth, as homeowners accumulate equity over time and can benefit from tax advantages.

From a broader perspective, homeownership contributes significantly to community development. It fosters neighborhood stability, increases civic participation, and encourages investment in local businesses and infrastructure. Communities with higher homeownership rates often see reduced crime rates and improved educational outcomes, creating a positive feedback loop that benefits all residents. GROW South Dakota recognizes these multifaceted benefits and works tirelessly to support homeownership to strengthen and revitalize communities throughout the state.

GROW South Dakota's Homeownership Services

GROW South Dakota offers a comprehensive suite of services to support individuals and families on their journey to homeownership. Here's how they make a difference:

Home Mortgage Loans

GROW South Dakota's direct loan program is a cornerstone of their efforts to facilitate homeownership. This program provides essential financing options for purchasing new or existing homes across South Dakota. GROW South Dakota's experienced staff guide applicants through every step of the process, ensuring they have the support and resources needed to make informed decisions. Prospective homeowners can apply online and gain insights into the steps involved in preparing for homeownership.

Down Payment Assistance

Recognizing that the initial costs of buying a home can be a significant barrier, GROW South Dakota offers down payment assistance. This financial support can make a difference for many aspiring homeowners, helping them overcome the upfront expenses of purchasing a home. With eligibility requirements and income guidelines in place, this assistance is tailored to those who need it most. GROW South Dakota's partnership with approved lenders ensures that clients have access to trustworthy financial products and services.

Homeownership Education and Housing Counseling

Education and counseling are critical components of successful homeownership. As a HUD-approved Housing Counseling Agency and Housing Education Resource Organization (HERO), GROW South Dakota provides comprehensive educational resources and personalized counseling services. These include pre-purchase advice, rental counseling, and financial management training for homeowners. By offering one-on-one sessions and online education, GROW South Dakota equips potential homeowners with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the complexities of buying and maintaining a home.

Building Futures, One Home at a Time

As we celebrate Homeownership Month this June, GROW South Dakota stands as a beacon of support and opportunity for South Dakotans seeking to achieve the dream of homeownership. By providing essential financial services, down payment assistance, and educational resources, GROW South Dakota is helping individuals and families secure homes and fostering the growth and development of vibrant, resilient communities. Whether you're just starting your journey to homeownership or looking for ways to sustain and enhance your investment, GROW South Dakota is here to help you every step.

Visit GROW South Dakota today for more information about its homeownership programs or to start your journey toward owning a home.

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GROW South Dakota Has had a Remarkable Few Years!

GROW SD in 55 + years has met various housing needs with over $39 million in home improvement projects impacting more than 9,500 individuals.  Plus over $24 million in home mortgage and down payment loans helping approximately 1600 homeowners into new homes!

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GROW South Dakota

GROW South Dakota
104 Ash Street East
Sisseton, SD  57262
Phone (605) 698-7654
Fax (605) 698-3038 info@growsd.org