Public Meeting on Adequate Housing for SD’s Smaller Communities to be in Murdo Tonight

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MURDO, S.D. – (DRG News) A meeting will be held in Murdo tonight to allow attendees to talk about the lack of adequate housing in South Dakota’s smaller communities. Jewell Bork, who works with South Central R C & D, which covers the counties of Jones, Tripp, Mellette and Todd, says she has heard many community leaders expressing concerns about housing issues in smaller towns.

Tonight’s meeting will be for city, county and chamber leaders, along with citizens interested in learning more about various housing programs or home improvement options. Bork says speakers will include Mark Lauseng-Executive Director for the South Dakota Housing Development Authority; Roger Jacobs-Field Office Director for Housing and Urban Development; Greg Henderson-Executive Director for Planning and Development District III; Marlene Knutson-Executive Director for Central South Dakota Enhancement District; Paula Corcoran-Loan Specialist from Rural Development, and Joy McCracken-NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and Land Trust. Also present will be Bill Hanson of Centerville, who Bork says will discuss what his community did to overcome housing issues they faced.

Bork says invites have been sent out to various area communities, including Wood, White River, Winner, Presho, Kennebec, Draper, Philip, Kadoka and other locations that surround Murdo. Tonight’s meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Turner Community Center at 121 Main Street in Murdo. For more information on the meeting, which is sponsored by the Murdo Area Chamber of Commerce, call 669-2222.


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