On January 27th, 2015, South Dakota will be conducting our Annual Point-In-Time Homeless Count and Homeless Beds Inventory Chart. These are required by HUD as this information is collected on a nationwide level and reported to Congress as well as used for potential funding opportunities here in South Dakota.
For the Homeless Count, over a 24 hour period, we are required to survey all persons:
Staying in an emergency homeless shelter;
A transitional housing program dedicated to homeless individuals and families;
Persons staying in a motel/hotel that is being paid for by a source other than the tenant; and
Persons sleeping outside, in cars, tents or in places not meant for human habitation
It is imperative that all agencies that serve the homeless in your communities (state offices, shelters, law enforcement, churches, city/county agencies etc.) work together to ensure all homeless individuals and families are surveyed during this time.
Contact persons for the homeless count are:
Sioux Falls Contact: Stacey Tieszen, Minnehaha County Department of Human Services, (605) 978-5611
Rapid City Contact: Anita Deranleau, Rapid City Area Schools, (605) 394-1841
All other areas: Lisa Bondy, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, (605) 773-3445