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$500K For SD Homeless Shelters

Domestic violence and homeless shelters in South Dakota are getting $513,761 in federal grants. Twenty different shelters applied for and are receiving federal money. Leaders can use the funds for renovations, everyday operations and homeless prevention efforts.

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority distributes the grants. Mark Lauseng is the executive director.

"Our purpose is to provide decent, safe and sanitary housing whether it’s a first-time homebuyer or a homeless person, just to help them out," Lauseng says. "It’s the whole whatever function we can perform throughout the state, any type of housing services we can provide."

Lauseng says the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development funds called Emergency Solutions Grants support shelters and emphasizes work to keep people from becoming homeless. The individual grants range from $5,000 to nearly $70,000.

Below is a list of the domestic violence and homeless shelters awarded grants. 

Safe Harbor, Aberdeen: $31,810
Journey Church, Aberdeen: $68,720
Brookings Domestic Abuse Shelter, Brookings: $12,500
Women Escaping a Violent Environment, Custer: $17,218
YWCA Women's Shelter, Huron: $32,270
Rural Office of Community Services (ROCS), Lake Andes: $32,640
Communities Against Violence and Abuse, Lemmon: $10,500
Domestic Violence Network, Madison: $21,303
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP), Madison: $40,288
Mitchell Area Safehouse, Mitchell: $55,524
Bridges Against Domestic Violence, Mobridge: $5,000
Missouri Shores Domestic Violence Center, Pierre: $30,300
Cornerstone Rescue Mission, Rapid City: $14,000
Cornerstone Women's Shelter, Rapid City: $8,000
Working Against Violence Inc., Rapid City: $22,040
Children's Inn, Sioux Falls: $18,500
St. Frances House, Sioux Falls: $36,500
Artemis House, Spearfish: $13,500
Watertown Resource Center, Watertown: $18,630
Yankton Homeless Shelter, Yankton: $24,518