SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – State and federal officials are starting a program to address what some say is a housing crisis in some South Dakota communities.
Beth Davis with the Dakota Resources economic development agency says that when businesses can’t hire because there are no places for employees to live, they can’t grow. She says then the whole region suffers.
The Argus Leader newspaper reports that the Home Address program is aimed at helping rural communities understand housing needs and address them. Organizers will hire coaches to help them, and the communities also will have a local coordinator. Periodic training sessions also will be involved.
The federal government is covering half of the $450,000 startup costs, with South Dakota agencies paying the rest. Participating towns will spend up to $10,000 in matching money.
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