Chuck Turbiville: SDHDA Programs Still Valuable

Chuck Turbiville

Chuck Turbiville has worn a lot of hats in his career, sometimes several at one time. Currently Turbiville is the Mayor of Deadwood and the Executive Director of the Lead-Deadwood Economic Development Corporation. His prior hats include representing Lawrence County in the State Legislature and working in the South Dakota Economic Development office. However, Turbiville considers his time on the SDHDA Board of Commissioners in the late 1970s and early 1980s to be one of the most important hats he was worn. "I am extremely proud to have been a member of SDHDA back then," reflected Turbiville. "I still commend them for the great job they are doing."

Turbiville joined the SDHDA Board in 1979. He served as vice chairman from 1980 to 1982 and chairman from 1983 to 1990. It was a time, he recalled, when SDHDA launched many of the programs that are still serving South Dakotans more than two decades later. "The concept of the state being involved in the housing industry was new. We had to refine our plans on a regular basis," recalled Turbiville.

SDHDA was able to identify needs, such as affordable housing for the elderly in small towns, and find a way to help fill those needs. Turbiville remembers one town where a 12-unit apartment building for the elderly was fully leased before it was even built. "You'd have someone living alone in a four-bedroom house, trying to keep up with the utilities, because they didn't want to move away from their hometown and they couldn't find anything smaller nearby. Apartment buildings were a Godsend for a lot of people in these small towns."

SDHDA has been involved in issuing tax exempt bonds for the purpose of financing and developing both single family and multifamily mortgage loans. The agency has also delivered housing programs made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and issued Housing Tax Credits made available through the U.S. Department of Treasury. Despite the progress made over the past 40 years, Turbiville said affordable, safe housing is still needed in South Dakota. As an economic developer he sees the value that housing brings to a community. "The First-time Homebuyer Program was probably the best program ever developed to put young people into affordable homes," stated Turbiville. "When you get a young couple to buy a home, you know they will be working in the community, raising their kids and spending money there. That's what keeps a community thriving."