ICAP seeks grant to alleviate homelessness
By CHUCK CLEMENT, Staff Reporter
Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership sent out a grant application this week for $110,000 to help dozens of East River families avoid homelessness this winter. Cindy Dannenbring, ICAP executive director, said that the Madison-based nonprofit organization had submitted the application to the S.D. Housing Development Authority, asking for the funding from the Emergency Grants Solution program.|
ICAP will use the grant money to assist disadvantaged families with housing and self-sufficiency services in the organization's 14-county service area in eastern South Dakota.
"Our goal is to avoid having people stay on any kind of subsidy," Dannenbring said.
The Madison City Commission on Monday provided its backing for ICAP's grant application by approving the mayor's signature on a statement of support.
The Emergency Solutions Grant program looks for applicants with matching funds, so ICAP has also submitted another $110,000 grant application to the S.D. Housing Opportunity Fund for a total of $220,000. Dannenbring expects to hear if the applications were successful within the next month. On that timetable, ICAP could start providing help in November.
The grant programs are not affected by the current federal government shutdown.
According to Dannenbring, ICAP will assist families who are living on the street or in a hotel or who have received an eviction notice.
"These will be people who don't have any sort of permanent housing situation," she said.
Dannenbring said ICAP officials already have plans to help eight families in the Sioux Falls area and another 21 families within ICAP's service area outside of Sioux Falls.
The eligible families could receive help with paying rent or perhaps paying utility bills.
Dannenbring said the participating families would also need to agree to undergo case management, in which they would receive help in bettering their employment or skills at handling personal finances and budgeting.
ICAP has experience with such assistance programs. The Bright Futures program is a joint effort between ICAP, Sioux Falls Community Development, and the Sioux Falls Housing and Redevelopment Commission.
Bright Futures program assists eligible families with children, persons over age 62, or persons with a disability who have the desire and ability to increase their financial self-sufficiency. It provides education and individualized case management to program participants, who create a family plan to identify the family's needs and the resources available to meet those needs.
Heartland also operates several other housing programs, such as the Heartland House (transitional housing for homeless families), the Tenant Education and Self-Sufficiency program (TESS), and a program for home weatherization upgrades and energy efficiency.
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