Homelessness

In the Moment ... February 12, 2018 Show 275 Hour 2

When Connie Red Nest and Ernie Evans were found dead under a bridge in Rapid City last week (they had presumably died of hypothermia) a community mourned.

But it's a community divided by the ongoing challenge of homelessness and, furthermore, by the elusive solutions. As temperatures drop, some members of the Rapid City community have banded together to provide warming centers for people with no place to go.

Community leaders in Rapid City hope a centralized campus for the city’s homeless population will both save money down the road and even reduce homelessness.

The proposed idea for a restoration and transformation center near downtown seeks to combine city, county, nonprofit and homeless services providers.

But the concept, which is still in the beginning stages, is drawing some skepticism.

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender says addressing homelessness in Rapid City takes more than just feeding people. He says solving the issue is more complex, so he calls up an image.

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Lisa Allison is the Executive Director of the Cornerstone Rescue Mission in Rapid City.

Amanda Stidd is the Development Coordinator for the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House in Sioux Falls.

They join us for a conversation about how frigid temps impact homeless people across the state.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Aspiring nurses are researching vulnerable populations and brainstorming strategies to improve lives. University of Sioux Falls students examine vulnerable populations. Some teams consider solutions for children who are hearing impaired. Others develop a plan to deter college students from abusing alcohol. Hear from a nursing instructor about comprehensive patient care and learn about the vision these 20-somethings have for making the world a better place.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

As educators incorporate best practices, utilize new projects in certain subjects, and incorporate innovative techniques into their lessons, one constant remains: you can’t teach students who don’t attend. Truancy is an evolving issue in South Dakota’s schools. State lawmakers are working to pass legislation to change state law regarding penalties for being out of school, and school leaders are using every tool they can find to convince kids to class.

Victoria Wicks file photo

A package of legislation designed to address mental health issues in criminal justice has been presented to the legislature in Pierre. House Bill 1183 is assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.

Chief Justice David Gilbertson has led the effort to reduce recidivism and increase services to mentally ill people who often end up in jail.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

One report shows the number of South Dakota families without homes increased in 2016.  Federal officials say there are many variables at play when considering homelessness in South Dakota.             

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development 2016 Homeless Report is based on a single night in January of this year.

On that night, over one thousand people experienced homelessness throughout the state. That’s a nearly 47 percent increase from 2010.

Giving Meters In Rapid City Hope To End Panhandling

Jul 13, 2016
Rapid City Police Department

Officials in Rapid City are attempting to curb panhandling with what they call giving meters. The converted parking meters are painted red and yellow and located in downtown Rapid City. Officials say they hope the meters spark a chain of giving in the area.

The giving meters are the result of a joint effort between the Rapid City Police Department and Destination Rapid City.

File photo by Victoria Wicks

Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender has worked for the city for 35 years, first as a beat cop and then moving up the ladder to become Chief of Police. After he retired in May 2014, he ran for mayor and won the election held in June this year.

As a police officer, Allender saw a range of sociological issues, one of them homelessness, a condition that in itself encompasses a range of sociological issues.

SD Housing for the Homeless Consortium

A statewide survey shows more than 1,000 people in South Dakota are homeless. But advocates for affordable and appropriate housing say the number of people in need is much higher. Stakeholders in Sioux Falls gathered Wednesday to discuss a plan to curb homelessness and improve quality of life.

The official 2015 Statewide Point in Time Homeless Count reveals 1,036 people are homeless in South Dakota. That one-day snapshot shows the number of people without a home is up 17 percent from last year.

Minnehaha County Homeless Count

Dec 17, 2013

The number of homeless people in South Dakota is about the same as last year. That’s according to the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium’s Point in Time Homeless Count conducted in September. The count was done in collaboration with community agencies and homeless service providers in fifty-two of the states sixty-six counties. The total number was 1,155 individuals. That’s a slight reduction from last year’s count of 1,166. Forty percent were men, thirty-two percent were women and 28 percent children. In Sioux Falls, however, numbers went up from 2012.