KOTA TV reports homeless shelters and motels are full of area residents who cannot find apartments. Barbara Garcia, manager for Rapid City’s Community Development Department, says affordable housing has been an issue since the 1970s. Unfortunately, the high land cost and low wages make it difficult for many to afford apartments available. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development says paying more than 30% of a family's income for housing makes other necessities such as clothes and food very difficult to afford.
Developer Kent Hagg and his brothers are working with local non-profit groups to create an affordable housing subdivision in North Rapid City. They are currently working with Rural America Initiatives and Habitat for Humanity. Hagg acknowledges more partnerships will need to be created to complete the project.
To learn more about the housing cost burdened population in the Black Hills, see the interactive charts and graphs on our sister site, the South Dakota Dashboard.