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Basic Living Needs

Basic Living Needs

Child Safety Car Seat Distribution Program
Provides car seats and booster seats to income eligible families across South Dakota. Specialized car seats for children with special health care needs provided with no family income guidelines. Specialized seats may also be available for short-term loan at no cost.

Region 1
West, Early Childhood Connections, Rapid City
605-342-6464 or 888-999-7759

Region 2
Central, Early Childhood Training Network, Pierre
605-773-4755 or 866-206-8206

Region 3
North, Sanford Children's CHILD Services, Aberdeen
605-262-8505 or 800-982-6404

Region 4
Northeast, Family Resource Network, Brookings
605-688-5730 or 800-354-8238

Region 5
Southeast, Sanford Children's CHILD Services, Sioux Falls
605-333-0698 or 800-235-5923, Ext. 4

Community Action Partnerships
Community Action Agencies help low-income people. CAAs help with Head Start programs, home weatherization, job training, housing, housing repair/rehab, food bank, energy assistance, senior services, some transportation and many other programs.

Inter-Lakes Community Action Partnership (ICAP)
Serving Minnehaha, Grant, Deuel, Codington, Hamlin, Clark, Kingsbury, Brookings, Miner, Lake, Moody, McCook counties.

Northeast SD Community Action Program
Serving Beadle, Brown, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Marshall, McPherson, Spink, Roberts, Campbell, Walworth, Potter, Hyde, Sully, Hughes, Stanley counties.

Rural Office of Community Services, Inc.
Lake Andes
Serving Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Lincoln, Sanborn, Turner, Union, Yankton counties.

Western SD Community Action, Inc.
Rapid City
Serving Bennett, Butte, Custer, Fall River, Jackson, Harding, Lawrence, Meade, Pennington, Dewey, Haakon, Ziebach, Corson, Stanley counties.

Economic Assistance Programs, SD Department of Social Services
Economic Assistance programs help low income individuals, families, children, pregnant women, people with disabilities and the elderly by providing medical, nutritional, financial, and case management services. Apply at your local office of Department of Social Services, Division of Economic Assistance.

Governors House Program
The Governors House Program was created to provide reasonable sized, affordable homes to income qualified individuals and families which include elderly and persons with disabilities.

Who Can Apply:

  • Household income cannot exceed $48,300 for couples or individuals and $55,200 for families of three or more. (Effective May 1, 2017)
  • For families and individuals under the age of 62, net worth must be less than $90,000 and less than $70,000 in liquid assets. For families and individuals age 62 and older, net worth must be less than $175,000 and less than $100,000 in liquid assets.
  • The house must be used as the homebuyer's only residence.
  • The house must be placed within South Dakota and be owned by the individual(s) living in the home.

Governor's House Program Brochure
Click here if you are interested in purchasing a Governor's House.

DakotaLink Loan Program

The DakotaLink Assistive Technology Loan Fund offers low-interest, extended term loans to enable individuals with disabilities in South Dakota a financing option specifically designed to purchase assistive technology equipment and devices, home access improvements or vehicle access modifications.

Please Provide with the application:

  • Documentation for everyone on the loan that shows monthly or annual income
  • Documentation that explains the disability for the person needing the assistive technology
  • A document listing what you are buying, the cost, and the place you will buy it
  • A copy of a state identification card or driver's license for everyone on the loan

Heating Assistance, SD Department of Social Services
800-325-0778 (TTY)
LIEAP helps low-income South Dakota households to help them pay for their home heating bills. Priority is given to persons who are elderly or disabled and funds are distributed on a first-come basis. Weatherization Assistance Program helps low-income people pay for home insulation and other energy-saving improvements to help lower their heating bills.

Please Provide:

  • One copy of your current heating bill and electric statement.
  • Proof of the past three full months of gross income for all people in the home.
  • If self-employed, a complete copy of the most recent tax return.
  • Proof of child support paid in the past three full months if not paid through the state of South Dakota.

Low Income Assistance Application

Helpline Basic Needs Resource Directories
The Helpline Basic Needs Resource Directory lists agencies/programs that provide direct basic need services such as food, shelter, clothing, medical care, financial assistance and employment services.

  • Guides for Sioux Falls and Black Hills Area
  • Guide for Huron Areas
  • Guide for Brookings Area
  • Guide for Madison Area
  • Guide for Yankton Area
  • Guide for Vermillion Area

Lifeline and Link-Up Telephone Assistance, Public Utilities Commission
Lifeline helps consumers who already have telephone service save on their monthly phone bill. This discount applies to basic local telephone service on one line per household. Residents of tribal lands may apply for Enhanced Lifeline and Link-Up that offer a different discount structure. All programs have eligibility requirements. Lifeline and Link-Up are ongoing programs and applications are accepted year-round.

How to Apply? Contact your telephone company for the Lifeline Assistance Application. Complete the application and then return it to your telephone company. A company representative will contact you to verify your eligibility and complete the application process. You will be required to provide documentation to prove eligibility.

Residents of tribal lands, see Tribal Lifeline and Tribal Link Up.

Repair Affair, Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire
Sioux Falls

Annual program with volunteers doing repairs one day per year. Free home improvements are

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