City of Sioux Falls

Builders are launching $15 million worth of projects in Sioux Falls to increase the city’s affordable housing options. Most of the funding comes through the state’s housing development authority. The City of Sioux Falls is lending the projects hundreds of thousands of dollars. The two projects appeal to people in different circumstances.

Charles Michael Ray

The Cornerstone Rescue mission is running overcapacity in Rapid City.   The mission provides about 400 meals per day and nightly shelter for about 150 homeless people in western South Dakota.  

Cornerstone officials say on some nights as many as 30 women and children are sleeping on the floor in the basement because the mission has no more room to house those in need.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray sat down with the Cornerstone Rescue Mission Executive Director  Lysa Allison and the mission’s board president Chad Carpenter.

Bishop Dudley Hospitality House

A Sioux Falls emergency shelter is implementing a pay-for-stay program for some guests. The Bishop Dudley Hospitality House offers lodging for the homeless and vulnerable. The new system is part of a focus on supporting people who need temporary assistance.

Starting May 2nd, people who work but don’t have homes receive 30 days lodging at the Bishop Dudley Hospitality House for free. After that, executive director Chad Campbell says they’ll have to pay.

Purple Heart Veterans Hold Annual Conference

Jun 21, 2015

The military order of the Purple Heart chapter of Sioux Falls held its 6th annual conference on Saturday. The 30 some purple heart Veterans were all wounded in combat from WWII to the war in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

From their bright purple shirts, to their wheelchairs, canes, and service dogs, Purple Heart veterans share a bond. Department Commander Mark T. Williamson says the experience of being wounded in action lasts long after the conflict stops. 

Homeless By Choice For A Cause

Dec 11, 2013

Dakota State University student Aris Nance started living on the streets of Madison until his organization SHEO (Someone Helps Everyone) raises $12,000. SHEO is creating Survival Kits for men, women and children. These kits are comprised of outsourced materials assembled and shipped to agencies to disperse to their eligible clients. The kits represent short-term help for those who have been released from prison, homeless, runaway teens, single parents, and for individuals in special situations.

Homeless In South Dakota

Dec 13, 2012

A recent count by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Coalition found 1166 homeless individuals, including 336 children.  The numbers show a 25% decline from 2011.  Lisa Bondy of the SDHHC said that the organization relies on community volunteers, law enforcement, faith-based organizations and other agencies to help conduct the count in their areas.

Homeless Youth A Focus In November

Nov 13, 2012

Organizations that serve at-risk youth are focusing on runaways and homeless teenagers. November is National Runaway Homeless Youth Prevention Month.

Stephanie Graeb is the director of Eastern Regional Services for Volunteers of America Dakotas. She says young people at-risk of running away need help, but they aren’t the only ones.