Need help paying your rent?
HUD is working to connect tenants behind on rent and utilities with financial assistance (due to a loss of income because of COVID-19) with local rental assistance programs. Please refer to the information below to learn more about local eviction prevention resources.
- The South Dakota CARES Housing Assistance Program If you have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are struggling to pay your rent, you can contact South Dakota CARES to learn more about the rental assistance program; click this hyperlink, SD CARES Housing Assistance Program | SDHDA.
Housing Counseling and Legal Resources.
If you need guidance on renting, eviction prevention, buying a home, defaults, foreclosures, or credit issues, use the links below to find a HUD participating housing counseling agency.
- For information related to the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, COVID-19 eviction moratoria, and other guidance, visit the HUD Exchange, Rental Housing Counseling, and Eviction Prevention.
- The nationwide network of HUD participating housing counseling agencies have been helping customers across America for more than 50 years by providing answers needed to make informed housing decisions. To find a housing counseling agency near you, click this link, HUD.gov Housing Counseling.
- HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO) provides information to landlords and tenants about fair housing regulations related to eviction. To learn more, click this link HUD.gov/FHEO/Eviction. The information is provided in English and Spanish.
Here are some resources that can provide legal assistance on foreclosure, renting, homeownership and other laws in South Dakota.
- Access to Justice, Inc. - provides pro bono attorney services for qualified individuals and a reduced fee program for others who do not qualify for the pro bono legal services
- Better Business Bureau - report problems with businesses
- Dakota Plains Legal Services - has branch offices in Eagle Butte, Ft. Thompson, Ft. Yates, Mission, Pine Ridge, Rapid City, Sisseton, and Sioux Falls
- East River Legal Services - located in Sioux Falls and serves the eastern 33 counties
- Senior Legal Helpline - available at no cost to persons 55 and older
- South Dakota Legal Self-Help Forms - provide assistance with legal forms to individuals who are representing themselves in court
- State Bar of South Dakota - the bar association of South Dakota
- South Dakota Free Legal Answers - provides free legal answers for low income persons
- To obtain information about eviction laws by state, go to the Legal Services Corporation’s Evictions Laws Database website.
Do you think you are being discriminated against?
If you think you are the victim of illegal discrimination, you can contact HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO). Please follow the instructions listed below to file a complaint with FHEO by phone or online.
- How to file a complaint using the internet: FHEO File A Complaint
- How to file a complaint by phone: You can speak with an FHEO intake specialist by calling 1-303-672-5437.
- Regarding the service animal issue, email them the Assistance Animal Fact Sheet and Assistance Animal Guidance from January 2020. https://hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/AsstAnimalsGuidFS1-24-20.pdf; https://hud.gov/sites/dfiles/PA/documents/HUDAsstAnimalNC1-28-2020.pdf
For more information, visit HUD.gov/FHEO/Eviction.
Eviction Prevention Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted my CVOID-19:
Eviction Prevention resources, tools, and training for landlords seeking information can be found by clicking the links below:
- Tools for Landlords with Tenants Impacted by COVID-19
- Tenant Guidance: Rent Repayment Plans, and
- HUD’s Best Practices for Housing Choice Voucher landlords.
Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Eviction Prevention Tools for Private Landlords
- Visit the CFPB’s Rental Assistance Finder to find information on rental assistance programs in your area.
- The CFPB has guidance for getting rental assistance or forbearance to help with mortgage payments.
Supportive Services and Additional Resources
For additional help accessing supportive services, please click the links listed below:
- Energy Assistance helps low-income South Dakotans pay for their home heating costs. Energy and Weatherization Assistance (sd.gov), or call 800-233-8503
- Dial 211 or visit Helpline Center for information on emergency financial assistance, or
- Find your local Community Action Agency.
- Additional HUD resources by state and territory can be found here.