January 8, 2018

SDHDA Provides Funds to Engage Landlords

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  • For Immediate Release: January 8, 2018
  • For More Information: Mark Lauseng, Executive Director, 605-773-3181

Pierre, SD - South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s (SDHDA) Board of Commissioners approved $400,000 to provide funding for the Sustainable Housing Incentive Program (SHIP) – a collaborative effort of housing and service providers creating opportunity for tenants to gain self-sufficiency.

“It is often difficult to find affordable rental housing, it is even more difficult when you have barriers such as a criminal background, poor credit or no landlord references,” said Executive Director Mark Lauseng. “By providing a financial incentive for landlords and coordinating services, this program can provide sustainable permanent housing for some of our most vulnerable citizens, giving them a second chance to be successful.”

Eligible tenants are those enrolled in self-sufficiency and self-enrichment programs offered by service providers. The tenants are usually considered “high-risk” and are at a disadvantage in housing markets due to criminal records, evictions, poor credit, or frequent homelessness. Landlords, who partner with service providers to give tenants a second chance, can be reimbursed for damages or expenses, should they occur. 

Agencies providing social services or coordinating services are eligible to apply for SHIP funding by completing the pdf SHIP application (537 KB) found on SDHDA’s website at www.sdhda.org.

For more information, contact Lorraine Polak at 605.773.3181 or lorraine@sdhda.org.

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About South Dakota Housing Development Authority: South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income South Dakotans. SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity. SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs that provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention and rental assistance. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. For more information, visit www.sdhda.org

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