Finding an affordable home isn't easy, especially when you're your homeless and suffering from a mental illness. But Shireen Ranschau and the Shelter Plus Care program hope to change that.
"This particular program is one where it's targeted to providing housing assistance for individuals who are homeless because of severe mental illness," Ranschau said.
The Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission started the program in 1995. It currently helps 44 people and will be able to continue thanks to more than $288,000 in grant money.
"We provide them with rent assistance. Basically, they go out in the community and they rent an apartment from a private owner in the community. They pay rent based on their income and then we subsidize the balance of their rent," Ranschau said.
The Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission says they weren't surprised by this year's funding because they've received a steady increase from HUD since the program started several years ago, but it's years to come that could be in question.
"Time will tell what's going to happen," Ranschau said.
Ranschau doesn't expect funding to increase but is optimistic they'll be able to continue providing a necessary service.
"We have found that if someone's homeless, one key thing to keep them from being homeless is to get them affordable housing," Ranschau said.
To be accepted to the program, clients must pay a portion of their rent through income or disability money, and must participate in case management with Southeast Behavioral health.
Cornerstone Rescue Mission, Rapid City: $73,704
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership, Madison: $319,373
Lewis & Clark Behavioral Health Services, Inc., Yankton: $126,978
South Dakota Housing Development Authority, Pierre: $40,443
Pennington County Housing and Redevelopment Commission, Rapid City: $183,108
Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission: $288,516