Jackie Hendry

Lack of housing is one of the biggest challenges in workforce development of rural areas. On Tuesday, Avera Health and the Rural Electric Economic Development Fund announced a housing development partnership. The $10 million fund will give developers incentive to build homes in rural areas with Avera facilities.

The Rural Electric Economic Development (REED) Fund is operated by electric coops that provide financing throughout South Dakota. REED is committing $4 million along with Avera’s $2 million, with plans to grow the housing fund to $10 million.

Find Your Retirement Community

Jun 5, 2018
Lori Walsh

In The Moment ... June 5, 2018 Show 351 Hour 1

What are you looking for in a retirement community?

Retirment communities in Sioux Falls are hosting a city-wide open house this Thursday from 1:00-6:00 p.m.

SDPB's Lori Walsh visits with Sonja Niles, Sales and Marketing Director for Primrose Retirement Community, Jason Honey, Marketing Director for Trail Ridge, and Shauna Welker, Business Development Representative for The Inn on Westport.

Thunder Valley CDC

In The Moment ... October 13, 2017 Show 198 Hour 1

New houses are under construction in the Pine Ridge Reservation. The project is part of Thunder Valley CDC. They offer work programs for low income families. SDPB's Chynna Lockett spoke with the Community Engagement Coordinator for Thunder Valley, Andrew Iron Shell.

In The Moment ... October 4, 2017 Show 191 Hour 2

Pierre native and SDSU graduate Stephanie Arne brings her tiny house to Brookings and Sioux Falls as part of the Creative Animal Tour. Arne is the host of "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom." We talk small habitats and sustainability.

Rapid City Experiments To Provide Affordable Housing

Sep 6, 2017
Lee Strubinger / SDPB

Rapid City has a new housing development in the works that will provide five affordable new homes.

It’s a city hall experiment that allows higher density in a neighborhood, which in turn drives down the price of each house.

Over the past few years, the cost of housing has risen faster than wages.

Robert Graham is standing on the lot where his new home is going up.

The 51 year old spent more than a decade in the marines during the Gulf War. He recently decided it was time to buy a house, but it was harder than he thought.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

South Dakota’s two largest cities are breaking building permit records again. Rapid City is more than $50 million ahead of the previous top year. Sioux Falls is setting a record for the fourth year in a row, and the year isn't over yet.

Right now building permits in Rapid City are worth more than $310 million. Division manager of building inspections Brad Solon says Rapid City hit its previous record in November, so every permit since pushes the landmark higher.

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.

One Year Of Pine Ridge Disaster Recovery

Aug 8, 2016

The Pine Ridge reservation now has over 200 new or repaired homes following a disaster that struck in the spring of 2015. The Federal Emergency Management Agency and tribal officials are marking one year of recovery following a unique Presidential Disaster Declaration.

President Obama’s Individual Assistance declaration to Pine Ridge was the first ever made directly to a tribal nation. FEMA then initiated the first permanent housing construction program in the continental United States. FEMA also provided additional direct financial aid to the community.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

New numbers from Sioux Falls officials show 2015 now holds the record for building values. City officials say the year ended with $667 million dollars’ worth of construction projects around Sioux Falls. Those span from public-private projects to commercial buildings and different housing options. Leaders say people are building housing and commercial projects all over the city, and the growth isn’t concentrated in one area.

An organization in Sisseton is working to impact towns in the northeast part of the state through housing, community, and economic development. 


SF High Schoolers Construct Affordable Housing

Sep 14, 2015
Erin Mairose

This week a house built by high school students is moving to a permanent home. The home is traveling down 12th street in Sioux Falls – and for a cause.

Wayne Wagner is the housing development director for Affordable Housing Solutions in Sioux Falls. The group helps low income families find cost-efficient housing while helping revitalize deteriorating neighborhoods. Wagner says a partnership with the Sioux Falls School District supports the community.

Erin Mairose

A class of high school carpentry students at the Career and Technical Education Academy is learning skills for future careers. 

Sitting in Bill Pulford’s classroom at the CTE Academy is a house.

From framing, to insulation and cabinetry, this class built the three bedroom home. Pulford says soon moving trucks are relocating the house to a permit location in Sioux Falls.  

Some people who’ve already owned homes may qualify for a new program that helps people buy houses. The South Dakota Housing Development Authority often helps first-time homebuyers. Now a repeat homebuyer loan program offers assistance with down payments and closing costs.

Financial assistance is now available for people who want to buy a house – again. Mark Lauseng leads the South Dakota Housing Development Authority. He says some people don’t meet the requirements for first-time homebuyers but need options.

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.

Thunder Valley Breaking The Mold To Break Ground

Jun 17, 2015

A new community is breaking ground on Pine Ridge on Monday.

Officials with the Thunder Valley Community say they are also breaking the mold for the way housing is developed in Indian Country.    

Nick Tilsen, an Oglala Lakota, is the Executive Director of Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation.  He says the project aims to not only address the critical housing shortage, but also to build economic development and a sustainable healthy community  on Pine Ridge.

Andrew Filer

Building homes is seen as a critical part of both economic and community development. However in rural communities there’s often little experience in dealing with housing issues. Over the past couple years, the Dakota Resources Home Address rural housing program has helped some South Dakota towns develop  housing strategies.

Thunder Valley Helps Tackle Tribal Housing Shortage

Nov 20, 2013

Anyone who wants to start a new housing development has some hurdles to overcome.

On tribal lands in South Dakota those hurdles are bigger than just about anywhere else in the country.

But new housing efforts are finding unique ways to break the old molds.   As part of our continuing series on infrastructure the “State of our State”-- SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray profiles one of the new housing developments on Pine Ridge.

Here is an extended interview with Nick Tilsen of Thunder Valley.

Maine Businessman Donates Rez Home

Aug 2, 2013
Photo courtesy OST Partnership for Housing

There’s a new home on the Pine Ridge Reservation, courtesy of a businessman from the state of Maine. The sixth-generation owner of Hancock Lumber saw how desperate the housing need is on Pine Ridge and decided to do something about it.

More than 4000 new homes are needed on the Pine Ridge Reservation, according to the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s Partnership for Housing spokesperson “Pinky” Clifford.

Having someone donate the materials for one house doesn’t make much of a dent in that number, says Clifford – but it’s a start.

Trail Of Hope For Indian Housing

Apr 17, 2013
Photo by Jim Kent

Representatives of the Oglala Sioux tribe are in Washington, D.C. today on The Trail of Hope for Indian Housing. The 1500 mile journey saw a group of Lakota people haul portions of a dilapidated reservation home to the nation’s capital. Their goal is to bring attention to housing needs on the Pine Ridge Reservation and in other Native American communities across the state.Today we visit the village of Kyle to take a closer look at the realities of housing on the rez.

America's Growth Corridors

Mar 4, 2013

Joel Kotkin, author of the new Manhattan Institute Study, "America's Growth Corridors: The Key to National Revival," identifies four regions in the United States where a combination of low housing costs, above average population growth and business-friendly government can restart the American growth engine.  He says that future economic growth is not likely to be concentrated in the Northeast and California, but rather in less dense, more affordable, and markedly more pro-business growth corridors over the next 40 years.  Kotkin writes the weekly "New Geographer" column for

Tribal Relations Day Addresses Housing on Reservations

Jan 24, 2013

Governor Dennis Daugaard established the Tribal Relations department when he took office two years ago and South Dakota is the only state to have it on the cabinet level. Since the beginning, tribal relations Secretary J.R. LaPlante has traveled the state, meeting with tribal officials and Native Americans to discuss the issues facing them. For the second year, LaPlante and Governor Daugaard hosted the State’s Tribal Relations Day at the capitol. This year’s topic is housing on reservations and in Indian Country.