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Creating South Dakota’s First True Housing Trust Fund

Habitat for Humanity of South Dakota

"In 2010, Habitat South Dakota began working diligently to build a broad coalition to persuade the state legislature and governor to create South Dakota’s first state-funded housing trust fund. After three years of outreach to economic development allies, research on potential dedicated sources, and persistent meetings with state legislators, Habitat and the coalition won bipartisan support for a Housing Opportunity Fund on the very last night of the 2013 legislative session. Since then, the Housing Opportunity Fund has served 1,770 South Dakota families and has made more than $11 million available statewide for the development and preservation of new affordable homes and rental housing, in addition to homelessness prevention activities."