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Building Capacity to Increase Permanent Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Populations

For Immediate Release


September 21, 2020

SDHDA Contact: Davis Schofield

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Building Capacity to Increase Permanent Supportive Housing for Vulnerable Populations 

Both North Dakota and South Dakota, and TDA Consulting, Inc. have launched a project called the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative. Using a national HUD grant awarded to Collaborative Solutions, Inc., the initiative recently expanded into the Dakotas. We announce today the selection of five (5) organizations that will form the Dakotas Peer Network. 

Rural Supportive Housing Initiative 
The Rural Supportive Housing Initiative works with housing developers, service providers, municipalities, and state agencies throughout the U.S. in an effort to increase permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations, including those living with HIV/AIDS, serious mental illness, substance abuse and disability, and those experiencing homelessness. Vulnerable populations often face housing instability. Stabilizing the household through a safe, decent, and affordable home, allows that household to thrive with positive health outcomes, gainful employment, economic security, and overall greater well-being. 

Nonprofit housing developers and service providers that work in rural areas know that a majority of their clients lack access to safe, decent, and affordable homes. Many want to fix this problem but don’t know how to do it. Some are overwhelmed by the housing process while others may think they do not have the resources to undertake housing development. Others may be frustrated by the amount of time it takes. Through the Rural Supportive Housing Initiative, we have launched and supported Peer Networks in rural communities across the country in an effort to increase permanent supportive housing units for vulnerable populations that thrive in a supportive housing environment. In addition to creating more housing opportunities, we also strive to change the systems in which these entities live so that barriers are removed and vulnerable populations thrive just like their fellow citizens. 

We work through a Peer Network delivery model, which is a supportive forum for organizations to engage in shared learning, strategize overcoming local challenges, and gain confidence in advocacy efforts to change systems. Participants have a common goal, purpose, and investment in the work. The result is rapport and trust within the group, and a supportive environment conducive to learning and change. Through the Peer Network participants work with skilled trainers and one another to enhance their organization’s capacity to lead their organizations and communities in the creation of permanent supportive housing. 

We have now formed and will soon facilitate a Peer Network in the Dakotas designed to build the capacity of nonprofit housing development/service organizations; and create partnerships between those developers and service providers in an effort to increase permanent supportive housing in rural parts of the states. The network was formed from an initial list of organizations identified by representative from each of the states. And TDA Consulting will hold a kick-off meeting with these selected organizations in early October. 

Organization Contact Name
Affordable Housing Developers (ND) Adera Diede
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (SD) Cindy Dannerbring
Lewis and Clark Behavioral Health Services (SD) Melissa Lindahl
Oglala Sioux Tribe Partnership for Housing, Inc. (SD) George Twiss
Pathways Shelter for the Homeless (SD) Joseph Tielke

Further Information 

If you have any questions about this announcement, please contact Garrett Lear of TDA Consulting at 

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