Community Housing Studies

In order to recruit new South Dakotans to our state, our communities need to have adequate housing for population growth. Through South Dakota WINS, the state will initiate a Housing Needs Study Program.

Purpose of the Community Housing Studies program: To assist local communities with populations of 10,000 or fewer in developing a housing plan for their community by reviewing current housing markets, identifying housing issues and projecting future needs.


  1. Assist minimally 12 communities in completing a housing study.
  2. The communities who complete the housing studies will take action to make changes in their community to stimulate housing, based upon the results of the study.

The Housing Needs Study Program is a cost-sharing incentive program to help rural communities in South Dakota conduct a study identifying the housing needs of their community. A local housing plan is essential for a community striving to maintain or expand its population. This is true whether the community is pursuing economic and workforce development, or whether it is just trying to maintain its population by keeping aging housing stock viable and offering alternative housing solutions for its citizens. The critical first step to establishing a successful housing plan is to conduct a market study/analysis to determine the status of existing housing as well as, future housing needs. This program will help communities achieve that first step.

  • Applicants can be local communities or non-profit organizations representing the communities.
  • Eligible communities must have a population of 10,000 or less.
  • The maximum cost share amount will be $5,000 or 50% of the costs of the analysis, whichever is less.

To view more information about this program, follow this link:

Housing Needs Study Program