Affordable Housing

Reducing family homelessness

5-Year Goal

To be a catalyst to influence, advocate for, and support funding for housing development on behalf of the most vulnerable populations in the Sioux Falls area.

 Primary Objectives:

Align existing affordable housing resources to create an efficient access system that benefits renters and landlords

Develop a tactical plan to address other significant accessible housing issues

Monitor the effect of changes

With Affordable Housing, Access Is Critical

Given the shortage of housing in Sioux Falls, the odds of building an effective housing access system are about as likely as aligning a Rubik’s Cube after preschool show-and-tell. The job isn’t for the faint of heart, but Thrive’s Housing Action Team has heart.

In its corner are powerful partners:

Housing Action Team members focus on big picture housing access issues. Once they target a breakdown in the system, they may create a task team charged with finding solutions. Often, the entire Housing Action Team will take on the challenge together, using a flexible membership model to tap experts in specific areas of concern.

What Are Thrive’s Action Teams?

Thrive Action Teams are key to achieving the organization’s mission to remove obstacles to student success and foster opportunities for all children, from cradle to career.

Action Teams use a collective impact approach to focus on creating systemic change in the conditions surrounding the educational system.

Success is achieved when an outcome or goal has been attained, with the result that either the cause of the obstacle is eliminated or that programs, policies, funding streams, and/or services are permanently altered, reducing the impact of the problem on a continuing basis.

Action Teams are comprised of individuals who:

    • Represent a cross-section of business, government, nonprofit, education and faith-based communities.
    • Have knowledge and experience to contribute to the ecosystem issue being addressed.
    • Are willing to make a commitment to participate regularly in Action Team activities.

Action Team membership is generally around 15 people but participation levels ebb and flow with current needs and topics. Volunteer opportunities often become available as each team continuously evaluates its requirements for expertise and participation. Occasional opportunities arise for short-term task-oriented teams, as well. If you’re interested in working as a Thrive volunteer, contact us.

Housing Action Team Members

Allison Thompson, East River Legal Services
Betsy Schuster, Helpline Center
Breanna White, City of Sioux Falls
Brent Tucker, Affordable Housing Solutions
Gayleen Riedemann, Community Stakeholder
Kenley Lamberty, Realtors Association

Matthew Tschetter, Caminando Juntos
Richie Hutchinson, Community Stakeholder
Roger Jacobs, Housing and Urban Development
Sage Stansell, City of Sioux Falls
Shireen Ranschau, Community Stakeholder


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