South Dakota seeks assistance when paying rent, mortgage during coronavirus pandemic

Gov. Kristi Noem announces $10 Million in CARES Act funding for housing.
Gov. Kristi Noem announces $10 Million in CARES Act funding for housing.(Connor Matteson)
Published: Oct. 23, 2020 at 4:39 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - Yesterday, Governor Kristi Noem announced that $10 million of South Dakota’s CARES Act funding would go toward helping people who are struggling to pay for housing amid the COVID-19 crisis.

This funding will help the community with past-due rent, mortgage, or utilities that they haven’t paid because of COVID-19.

Community Development Block Grant Manager Michelle Schuelke says she’s seen an increased demand for rent and mortgage assistance program funds.

She says that the community and families are reaching out for assistance because they can’t sustain the burden anymore.

“It’s apparent that this is a critical need in the community,” says Schuelke. “Last few months, we have seen a drastic increase in the demand, and this will help families stay housed and stay current. So this is really complimentary, and a welcomed announcement.”

If you do need assistance, you can call 2-1-1, and someone will direct you.

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