Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

South Dakota Rental Assistance Programs

Cities covered:

  • Sioux Falls
  • Watertown
  • Rapid CITY
  • Mitchell
  • Yankton

The South Dakota Housing Development Authority and local partner agencies are providing emergency housing and utility assistance to South Dakota households using funds from the federal COVID Stimulus program. You may qualify for interim housing or utility assistance through the SD CARES Housing Assistance Program if you have been negatively affected financially by COVID-19 and meet all of the qualifications listed below:

  • The county in which you reside determines your income eligibility. The following page lists income restrictions based on the type of assistance requested; you must earn less than the income level listed for your county and household size to be eligible for assistance. Recommendations for Rental Income
  • A household member who has qualified for unemployment benefits, who has seen a decrease in household income, who has suffered considerable costs, or who has encountered any other financial troubles as a direct or indirect effect of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • In order to qualify, one or more members of the household must have a late utility bill or rent notice or be able to demonstrate that they are at risk of being homeless or experiencing housing instability.

Step 1: Look over the Eligibility requirements. Visit Frequently Asked Questions 

Step 2: Request Assistance

Denise Madison

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Denise Madison, age 34, is an expert in housing policy and rental assistance. Denise earned her Master’s in Public Administration from McGill University, focusing her thesis on the effectiveness of rental assistance programs in major Canadian cities. After graduation, she worked with the Canadian government before transitioning to a consulting role in the United States, aiding in the enhancement of federal housing policies and programs. Denise is known for her practical workshops and seminars aimed at landlords and tenants, fostering better understanding and compliance with housing laws. When not at work, Denise cherishes time with her husband and their three young children, exploring the outdoors and teaching them about the importance of community involvement.


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