Homeless Advisory Board
Siouxland Health and Human Services

What Poverty and Homelessness Looks Like in Sioux Falls...

Causes of homelessness are varied but can include domestic violence, mental health issues, catastrophic illness, unemployment, substance abuse, natural disasters, and a lack of affordable housing. A basic definition of homeless is someone who is lacking a permanent, safe place to live.


On September 27, 2011, the Statewide Homeless Count identified 1428 homeless people in the State of South Dakota with 729 of those living right here in Minnehaha County. Of these 729 counted, 174 were children.


For the 2010-2011 school year, 1,049 students in the Sioux Falls School District were identified as homeless at some point (from August to May), which is up from 1,034 the year before. There has been a 400% increase in the number of identified homeless children in the Sioux Falls School District over the last decade.

In 2010, the City of Sioux Falls did an affordable housing study that found three households most in need are those earning less than $20,000 annually, seniors, and minorities. It also found that at least 1,000 new affordable housing units must be constructed to meet the current demand.

2011 Federal Poverty Guidelines for a family of 4 is $22,350, but the 2011 Area Median Income in Sioux Falls for a family of 4 is $67,900.

Housing is deemed affordable when it is about 30% of a person's income.


The Homeless Advisory Board endorses the nationwide concept of Housing First which is premised on the notion that housing is a basic human right, and as such should not be denied to anyone, even if they are abusing alcohol or other substances.

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For additional information and updates, please review this Snapshot of Economic Indicators for Sioux Falls:


Contact info: Stacey Tieszen
               Homeless Advisory Board
               521 N. Main Avenue, Suite 201, Sioux Falls, SD 57104
               (605) 367-4217 ext. 121



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