For Immediate Release
SDHDA Contact: Mark Lauseng
SDHDA Conducting Operations Remotely
Per Governor Noem’s Executive Order aimed at controlling the spread of COVID-19 in South Dakota, South Dakota Housing personnel will continue working remotely through May 2, 2020. Staff will be available during normal business hours (8-5 CT) via email and phone, as office phones will be forwarded. Please don't hesitate to reach out to SDHDA with any questions or concerns. As this is a fluid situation, we will work to keep you informed as changes occur.
The public meeting on Housing and Community Development Plans was Wednesday, March 25 at the 2:00 pm CT via Skype and conference call. Comments on the 2020 – 2021 housing allocation plans and the 2020 Annual Action Plan are due April 8th. Copies of the draft plans can be found on SDHDA’s website - https://www.sdhda.org/housing-development/plans-forms-and-resources.
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Attention: Property Owners and Management Agents
In response to concerns related to COVID-19, SDHDA has suspended on-site inspections and monitoring reviews until further notice as we seek to minimize spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of residents, partners, and SDHDA staff. We are testing the ability to conduct remote file reviews; as we continue to work through the pandemic, we may reach out with instructions for the safe uploading of file review documents.
HUD has published a guide, https://www.hud.gov/coronavirus, for Public Housing, Housing Choice Voucher, and Project-Based Voucher Program and Native American Programs and the Office of Multifamily Housing. The general information is helpful to any affordable housing project, even if your program is not specifically related to those listed in the guide. We encourage you to work with your residents to communicate processes of ensuring health and safety and any policies you are implementing during this time.
During this unprecedented time, you may be tasked with assisting your residents as they navigate through the financial difficulties they’re facing in light of COVID-19. Here are some informational links that you may find useful in assisting the residents at your properties and any others you feel would benefit from this material. The first link (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments) is to the IRS page and provides details on how to claim your economic impact payment, even if you haven’t filed tax returns recently. From there, non-filers can click on “Do I need to take action?” to find where they can enter their information to receive the payment, or they can go to (https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/non-filers-enter-payment-info-here) to do the same.
Those that need to request the additional $600/week of federal unemployment can visit https://dlr.sd.gov/ra/cares.aspx.
We want to be sure that people in need of these resources know how they can be accessed. We encourage you to post the information in a conveniently located area at each property so that your residents are aware of where they can find the information.
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If you need to contact the Homeownership Staff with file questions, please send an email to MBS@SDHDA.org. This mailbox is being monitored continuously. We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we work through this difficult time. Thank you for being a valued partner with SDHDA.
Lender Training Update - Many of you have seen the theme for this year’s Lender Training, “Find Your Space.” Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SDHDA believes that, in the best interest of our lender partners and staff, that “Space” if you will, is to stay where you are at. SDHDA will be postponing the “Find Your Space” lender training until this pandemic is behind us. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this decision.
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Attn: Governor's House Partners and Customers
With the Covid-19 outbreak and related shutdowns we will be experiencing extended lead times on current orders as well as future orders. There have been numerous interruptions in the supply chain, production, as well as moving. We will reevaluate in a few weeks and do our best to provide updated lead times and notify the sales representatives as well as the customers of their new target date.
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South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is an independent, quasi-public agency that was created by the South Dakota legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income South Dakotans. SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity that uses no state tax dollars to fund its operating budget. SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs that provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention and rental assistance. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. For more information, visit www.sdhda.org
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