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Tri-State HELP

This is a statewide tenant based program for persons or families in South Dakota with HIV/AIDS diagnosis. It allows qualified individuals/families under 80% of the area median income to receive rental assistance in the unit of their choice anywhere in South Dakota. Preference is given to those with HIV/AIDS diagnosis who are homeless and whose income is under 50% of the median income guidelines.

Household Size
80% of Area
Median Income
50% of Area
Median Income
1 person$39,800$24,850
2 person$45,450$28,400
3 person$51,150$31,950
4 person$56,800

An application for placement on the waiting list for the Tri-State HELP program can be obtained at the office of Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission during office hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. To have an application mailed call 605.332.0704 (Local phone).

Tri-State HELP

HOPWA Program

The Tri-State HELP (Housing Environment for Living Positively) HOPWA (Housing opportunities for Persons With Aids) is a needs-based program for low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families who live in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota and need housing assistance and/or related supportive services.

Tri-State HELP Mission

To provide access to affordable housing services to people living with HIV/AIDS and their families in a dignified manner.

Tri-State HELP Eligibility Criteria

  • At least one person in the household must be HIV
  • Income cannot exceed 80% of the area median income in your county, as determined by HUD, adjusted for household size

Services Provided

Housing Information Services

  • Housing Information and Referral
  • Housing Search and Assistance
  • Housing Counseling
  • Fair Housing Information
  • Assistance in completing housing applications

Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA)

  • On-going monthly rental subsidy to pay difference between fair market rent/rent reasonableness and tenants contribution
  • Tenant-based rental assistance subsidy tied to tenant and may be used with private landlords
  • Tenant pays the higher of 10% gross income or 30% adjusted gross income Short-term Rent, Mortgage, Utility Assistance (STRMU)
  • Rent, mortgage, and utility assistance is limited to 21 weeks in a 52 week period
  • Does not provide first months rent or security deposit
  • Assistance must be paid to a third party (No cash payments)

Services Provided

Housing Case Management Services

  • Initial and on-going assessment of clients needs and personal support systems
  • Development of a comprehensive Individualized Service Plan
  • Coordination of services required to implement the plan
  • Client monitoring to assess the on-going effectiveness of the plan Periodic re-evaluation and revision of the plan as necessary
  • Client-centered advocacy

Supportive/Referral Services

Funding includes, but not limited to, health, mental health, assessment, permanent housing placement, drug and alcohol abuse treatment and counseling, day care, personal assistance, nutritional services and in accessing local, state and federal government benefits/services. Supportive services amounts may be limited depending on available funding.

Emergency Housing Assistance

This is a one-time or very short term assistance provided to those people at immediate risk of being homeless.

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Our Mission

The mission of the Sioux Falls Housing & Redevelopment Commission is to improve the quality of life for the Sioux Falls Community, specifically its lower income residents, by administering housing assistance payments programs, promoting the development of affordable, decent and safe housing opportunities, and economic self-sufficiency in a non-discriminatory manner.

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