Poverty and addiction contributed to a rise in the number and rate of homelessness in South Dakotans in 2010. When asked why they were homeless, individuals most frequently cited alcoholism, the loss of a job, and inability to pay rent according to a survey by the South Dakota Housing for the Homeless Consortium (SFHHC). The vast majority of the 1,728 people surveyed in September 2010 were located in Sioux Falls and Rapid City. Click here for access to the report. First United Methodist Church of Rapid City opened the Hope Center on May 27 to provide a variety of services to the homeless population. Click here for a report from KOTA.