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 create a task team charged with finding solutions.

The Next Big Thing

In 2022, Housing Action Team members accepted a critical challenge to support the community of Sioux Falls in development and rehabilitation of housing for our most vulnerable children and families. They will work with community stakeholders, including the city, community foundation, developers, and others, to create a community model and address potential sources for the future funding of a Sioux Falls Housing Trust Fund.

In their initial proposal, HAT members suggest the local housing trust fund will provide a sustainable source of local funding for housing units that are affordable to families and individuals living under 30% of the area median income.

Supporting the Workforce Behind the Workforce

The Sioux Falls Childcare Collaborative developed a initiative that would use the gig economy to help supply substitute teachers and education helpers in the childcare and early childhood education industry.

That project was introduced in September 2021. Click here to read more.

Essentially, the initiative is creating a cooperative system that will provide access to part-time contract employees who can fill in when regular childcare workers are unavailable.

Housing Action Team Members

 Allison Thompson, Housing Retention Specialist
Amos Abu, City of Sioux Falls
Anny Libengood, Community Stakeholder
Betsy Schuster, Helpline Center
Brent Tucker, Affordable Housing Solutions
Dawson Muska, The Community Outreach
Delores Lipp, Minnehaha County
Gayleen Riedemann, Community Stakeholder

Logan Penfield, City of Sioux Falls
Matt Althoff, Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese
Matthew Tschetter, Caminando Juntos
Mike Huber, Community Stakeholder
Richie Hutchinson, Community Stakeholder
Roger Jacobs, Housing and Urban Development
Sheri Ekdom, Lutheran Social Services of South Dakota
Shireen Ranschau, Community Stakeholder


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