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How to Apply for the SD Cares Housing Assistance Program

If you have been financially impacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to pay rent, be sure to take advantage of the brand-new emergency rental assistance. Applying is as easy as a few clicks, and applications only take 15 minutes.


Follow these steps to apply for the SD Cares Housing Assistance Program.

How to Apply

Start your application process here. You can finish the application in these four easy steps:

  1. Check Your Eligibility
  2. Enter Your Personal Information
  3. Provide Rental Company/Landlord Details
  4. Sign Your Digital Signature

It’s that simple. Once that’s finished, submit your application. Remember, the earlier you apply the better — application review and processing typically takes as many as 10-14 days, but may take longer based on the number of applications submitted. You will be notified upon payment approval, with payments taking an additional 7-10 days to arrive, so plan accordingly.

After submitting the application, you will receive an email with a link that grants you access to your application dashboard. It’s important to note that you are required to upload documents to the application dashboard to verify your identity, financial situation and payments owed.

What to Bring

The application for rental assistance requires a few documents you should have on hand. Applicants will be asked to supply:

  • Lease Agreement
  • Proof of Rent Due
  • Utilities Due (if applicable)
  • Proof of Income or Tax Return
  • State-Issued or Tribal-Issued ID
  • Release of Information

Why Apply?

Rent is typically one of our greatest monthly expenses and largely dictates the monthly budgeting process. According to the Monroe group, more than 11 million Americans pay more than half their salaries or their monthly income on rent. These high rates can create a domino effect and negatively affect the rest of your budgeting. If you have been financially impacted due to COVID-19 and need the help, don’t hesitate to take advantage of this program.

There’s no shame in asking for help. Times are especially tough right now. If you’re struggling to pay rent or utility bills, don’t worry. You don’t have to go through this alone. Apply today.

Topics: Renting

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