Homelessness

Keeping Kids Warm Through ‘Project Warm Up’

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Over nine hundred Sioux Falls students are homeless, according to the Sioux Falls School District. Tracy Vik, Principal of Sonya Sotomayer Elementary School, started ‘Project Warm Up’ 12 years ago. The project aims to lend out blankets to students, and their families, who don’t have the means to stay warm themselves. Roughly one hundred blankets were…

Councilor Brings Forward Helping the Homeless Initiative

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Councilor Theresa Stehly announced she wants to start an initiative to help the homeless. Stehly says the goal is to give homeless people jobs. The inspiration comes from a program that started in Fort Worth, Texas. She brought up the topic during open discussion at Tuesdays afternoon informational meeting. While it’s only the beginning of the process,…

Volunteers Sought to Help With Statewide Homeless Count

January 23 marks annual event to measure progress, needs

An annual statewide homeless count, which helps obtain funding to support those most vulnerable in our state, is scheduled for later this month in South Dakota. Volunteers throughout the state are needed for the January 23rd event, hosted by the Housing for the Homeless Consortium, based out of Pierre. SDHHC is Data collected is an affiliate of South Dakota Housing Development…

Dozens of Homeless Families Waiting to Be Part of This Program

The commitment all are required to make to become a resident of Heartland House is big, but worth it

An estimated 38 million households in the U.S. live paycheck to paycheck and only 17 percent are estimated to have a three-month emergency fund. The numbers are staggering but help explain the increasing number of homeless families in the Sioux Empire struggling to get back into a stable living situation. An organization instrumental in helping here locally is Heartland House, a…

“Food Not Bombs” Coming to Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The USDA estimates that Americans wasted 133 billion pounds and $161 billion worth of food in 2010. Now, a Sioux Falls man is bringing a global movement here to reduce food waste and help those in need, all at the same time. “Food Not Bombs” was founded in 1980. It’s a program where volunteers go around…

Lengthy Immediate Needs List for St. Francis House

Lengthy Immediate Needs List for St. Francis House

  SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — With less than a week until Thanksgiving many are fortunate to have finished their holiday meal shopping and are ready for the big feast, but what about those who aren’t as fortunate? It’s a home that serves 74 individuals and seven families with a lengthy immediate needs list. St Francis House located on E Austin St….