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Funding Available Through the CARES Act to Provide Emergency Shelter and Homelessness Prevention


For Immediate Release: January 15, 2021
For More Information Contact: Lorraine Polak, Executive Director, 773.3181

PIERRE, SD – South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is inviting nonprofits, public housing authorities, redevelopment commissions and units of local government to submit applications for funding from the Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) program.

Per the CARES Act, South Dakota received an allocation of $8,076,969 of special ESG program funds to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) among individuals and families who are homeless or receiving homeless assistance; and to support additional homeless assistance and homelessness prevention activities to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19. SDHDA previously allocated $2,199,893 of this special funding.

To further allocate funding, SDHDA will be accepting applications on Jan. 29, 2021 and Feb. 26, 2021.

First Application Round:

  • Application deadline of Jan. 29, 2021
  • Total funding available $4,166,218
  • One million dollars ($1,000,000) of the $4,166,218 funding will be set aside for applicants providing ESG services to tribal communities

Second Application Round:

  • Application deadline of Feb. 26, 2021
  • Total funding available $1,388,740
  • Applicants must be located in or provide services in three targeted geographic areas of Cheyenne River Reservation, Pine Ridge Reservation or Pierre and surrounding areas (within 100 miles of Pierre)

The ESG program allocation plan and application can be found on SDHDA’s website at Potential applicants should review funding set asides and targeted geographic areas included within the plan.

SDHDA will open the regular 2021 ESG application cycle in May with applications due May 28, 2021. Agencies should keep in mind available funding under both allocations and apply based on their capacity to administer the funds.

For more information, contact Denise Albertson at 605.773.3181 or


About South Dakota Housing Development Authority: South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) 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. 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

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