Mayor Steve Allender is supporting the construction of a group of five townhouses that could serve as a model for affordable housing in Rapid City. Allender is working with a private developer and non-profit NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources in an advisory role, according to the Rapid City Journal. While the city has no financial stake, Allender would help developers navigate planning and zoning laws. The houses will be between 360 to 968 square feet, with some single-level and some dual-level. Estimated market prices range from $100,000 to $142,000.
Rapid City has a home ownership rate of just under 60 percent, below the state average of 68 percent, according to the South Dakota Dashboard. Past stories on housing are linked through the Black Hills Knowledge Network's online news archive.