1,000 families..and Counting!

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May 30th, 2014- Sturgis, SD- 1,000 families! NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Campaign for Homeownership celebrated a major milestone and welcomed the Anderson family into their new home.Kelly Anderson and her two children are now the proud owners of a 3 bedroom South Dakota Housing Governors House in Sturgis.

The Andersons are the 1,000th homebuyers to purchase a home through NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.  NeighborWorks® assisted with the purchase and construction of the Governors House and the lot.

The family had been crammed into a 2-bedroom apartment that was very hard for her son to get around in his wheel chair.  “The apartment was very small; we are so excited to have more space.”  Anderson explained.

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Kelly decided to purchase the Governors House because of the affordability factor.  “We looked for existing homes in Sturgis, and could not find anything that would fit our needs.” Anderson explained.

The Governor’s House has two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,008 square feet, with options to build with a basement, or just one level home.

The Anderson home has a completely finished basement that her son will be utilizing as his living quarters.

Thanks to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, and USDA Rural Development, Kelly’s mortgage payment will be comparable to the rent that she was paying for the much smaller apartment.

Kelly Anderson utilized USDA Rural Development 502 Direct Program.  502 Direct loans are primarily used to help low-income individuals or households purchase homes in rural areas.  The program extends the terms of the loan creating more affordable payments for the homeowner.

“USDA is pleased to be a part of this recognition ceremony,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks.  “Owning your first home is a big step and huge accomplishment.  We want to celebrate this milestone to highlight the efforts that make homeownership possible and to thank NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources for their hard work.”

Since 1992, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been assisting families with homeownership opportunities.  Thanks to their many partners including South Dakota Housing Development Authority and USDA Rural Development, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has been able to support their mission and help 1,000 families achieve the benefits of homeownership.

“NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources could not do the work we do without our partners and supporters.   This landmark event is a celebration for everyone.  Safe, decent and affordable housing is essential for the economic growth and health of our community.” stated NeighborWorks Executive Director Joy McCracken

On May 30th, 2014, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, USDA Rural Development, The Sturgis Chamber, and Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen welcomed the Anderson Family into their new home.

Attendees had the opportunity to view the beautiful home and see first hand the positive impact homeownership has on our community.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources would like to thank all of the attendees that celebrated this milestone event, and also thank everyone that donated a lilac bush to help landscape the Anderson’s Yard.    Although the rain put a damper on our volunteer efforts to help with landscaping, Kelly will have four beautiful lilac bushes to plant in her yard.

About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years.  NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.

If you would like more information about NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources of homeownership opportunities please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.nwdhr.org

Mark Lauseng, SDHDA Executive Director, Tim Potts. Area Director at USDA Rural Development, Mayor Mark Carstensen, USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist Ruth O'Neil, NWDHR Board Member Floyd Rummel; Sturgis Chamber Events & Membership Coordinator Kathy Christenson; Sturgis Chamber Membership Services Manager Rainee Lisko; Homeowner Kelly Anderson, NWDHR  Executive Director Joy McCracken, NWDHR Board Member Larry Griffith, NWDHR Community Outreach Coordinator Tracy Thacker, Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks

Mark Lauseng, SDHDA Executive Director, Tim Potts. Area Director at USDA Rural Development, Mayor Mark Carstensen, USDA Rural Development Housing Specialist Ruth O’Neil, NWDHR Board Member Floyd Rummel; Sturgis Chamber Events & Membership Coordinator Kathy Christenson; Sturgis Chamber Membership Services Manager Rainee Lisko; Homeowner Kelly Anderson, NWDHR Executive Director Joy McCracken, NWDHR Board Member Larry Griffith, NWDHR Community Outreach Coordinator Tracy Thacker, Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks

 

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Announces Events Planned for NeighborWorks® Week 2014

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June 1st -21st, 2014- NeighborWorks® Week is sponsored by NeighborWorks® America and its network of local organizations who mobilize tens of thousands of volunteers, business people, neighbors, friends, and local and national elected and civic leaders in a week of neighborhood change and awareness. They rehab and repair homes, paint and landscape properties, conduct neighborhood tours, recognize successful partnerships, and host events that educate, train and inform.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has organized  two weeks full of community events for NeighborWorks® Week 2014.

This year NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will celebrate their 19th Annual Paint the Town.  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and volunteers will be painting 8 homes homes in the 8 communities. .  Homes are located in Deadwood, Central City, Lead, Spearfish, Sturgis, Rapid City, Edgemont and Belle Fourche

DSC_0054NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has organized volunteers from local organizations throughout Western South Dakota to provide a fresh coat of paint for homes that were in need.  Painting will take place throughout the week of June 1st and run through June 21st .  Paint the Town is sponsored by South Dakota Housing Development Authority “Paint South Dakota”, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, and NeighborWorks® America

June 3rd,  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will celebrate their 12th Annual Trolley on The Trail Event. The combined effort consists of the use of the trail from the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks, use of a Trolley from the City of Deadwood and reservations taken by NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.  The Trolley on the Trail is a combined endeavor to give disabled or handicapped people access to the Mickelson Trail. Thanks to sponsorships with local businesses, this ride is provided free of charge.

Saturday June 14th, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and the Central City Neighborhood Council will host the 7th annual “Community Plant Exchange” at the Pizza Lab in Central City. Attendees will have the opportunity to exchange extra plant items with their neighbors.   New and experienced gardeners are welcomed and encouraged to join in on this great community event.  Attendees are not required to bring exchange items to participate. The Plant Exchange will also be hosting a Food Drive for the Lord’s Cupboard in Lead.

On Saturday, June 14th, the annual Treasures, Trash & Cash tri-city rummage sale will be held in the morning.  Locations will be published in the Black Hills Pioneer the week prior to the event.

This years NeighborWorks week will also be celebrating the ethnic neighborhoods in Lead.

New neighborhood street flags will be installed by the block clubs in Lead. Volunteers will be hanging the flags on June 7th.  After the flags are hung, there will be a picnic in the respective neighborhoods.

Each NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources event engages residents to be participating in community events and provides residents the chance to volunteer and beautify our community.

About NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources: NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years.  NeighborWorks® has helped more than 1,000 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities.  For more information on NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources or NeighborWorks® Week, contact Stephany at 605-578-1401 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®dhr.org

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19th Annual “Paint the Town” Volunteer Event

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NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources is looking for teams and for individual volunteers to participate in their 19th Annual “Paint the Town” event.  Volunteering and Teams are needed throughout Rapid City, Sturgis, Spearfish, Belle Fourche, Central City, Lead, Deadwood and Edgemont to paint one home in each community.

The 19th Annual “Paint the Town” Volunteer Events, sponsored by NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources, take place on the following dates.

June 7th:  Lead/ Deadwood/ Central City/ Belle Fourche
June 14th:  Spearfish/ Sturgis
June 21st:  Rapid City
June 14th:  Edgemont

 For those not familiar with the event, “Paint the Town” consists of the painting and sprucing up the homes of seniors, disabled and low income residents by teams of volunteers using donated materials.  The homes are prepped during the week.  The actual painting will take place on Saturday, June 21st, 2014. After the home is painted, volunteers will enjoy a community picnic.

 Since 1994, “Paint the Town” has grown and made a lasting impact upon the communities of Central City, Deadwood, Lead, Sturgis, Spearfish, Edgemont, Belle Fourche, and Rapid City.

During the 19 years “Paint the Town” has been conducted over 100 homes have been touched by this great event.  We hope to see an even larger turnout this year; and urge your participation.  This year it is planned to once again paint 8 homes within our Black Hills communities.

If you are interested in participating as a team this year, please fill out the enclosed application.  Tee shirts will be $10.00 each for sizes S-XL; XXL shirts will be $15.00.  The shirt will have the “Paint the Town” logo on the front, and all sponsors listed on the back.

Deadline for sponsorship is May 19th, 2014

For more information please contact Tracy at 605-578-1401 or Stephany at  605-923-6007

NeighborWorks Accept Donations of Deadwood Homes

Deadwood, SD – (03-19-2014)NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is pleased to announce that they have accepted the donation of the Fountain House and the Shea House from Optima LLC.

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Optima LLC received approval from Deadwood’s Historic Preservation to relocate the two vacant Historic Ho

 

mes, and donate the properties to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources Board of Directors voted unanimously on Tuesday 03/18/2014 to accept the donation after determining that it fits within their mission of providing decent, safe and affordable housing.

 

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a local non-profit that has assisted over 990 families with homeownership throughout Western South Dakota, including over 300 families in the Lead/ Deadwood communities.

The Historic Fountain House currently located at 370 Main St., will be relocated to the Historic Presidential Neighborhood and the Shea House currently located at 366 Main St., will be relocated to the Peck Gardens neighborhood. The Historic Fountain House has not had permanent residents for many years. The Shea house was occupied by the original owner Lillian Shea until she passed away this last December.

Lilian Shea’s niece Patricia Carstensen, is very supportive of NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources accepting the donation of her aunt and uncles home.  She stated that she is thankful that NeighborWorks® has agreed to take on this project, and is excited that another family can enjoy this home, in a safe residential neighborhood.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is dedicated to this project and has organized a team that will move these homes safely and in a timely manner in order to preserve the quality of these homes and ensure that they continue to be a part of Deadwoods past, present and future.

About NeighborWorks:  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private nonprofit organization that has been assisting in providing decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalizing neighborhoods for twenty years. NeighborWorks® has helped more than 990 families realize their dream of homeownership. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources provides decent, safe and affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods throughout the Western South Dakota communities. For more information on NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources contact Stephany 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®dhr.org

Black Hills Power and the City of Hot Springs donates land to Dakota Land Trust

Rapid City, SD– On April 11th, Dakota Land Trust, Black Hills Power, and the City of Hot Springs celebrated “Breaking the Ground for Affordable Housing in Hot Springs”.

In 2011, Black Hills Power and the City of Hot Springs pledged to support the stewardship of Dakota Land Trust by donating four lots to be placed in the Land Trust. Black Hills Power and the City of Hot Springs have been diligently working to clean up the lots and prepare them for the donation and ground breaking ceremony.

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Representatives from Black Hills Power, the City of Hot Springs, and Dakota Land Trust gathered at the Black Hills Power Operation to support the mission of Dakota Land Trust and provide more homeownership opportunities for the community of Hot Springs.

“We have been partners with Dakota Land Trust and the City of Hot Springs for many years, and this was a great opportunity for us to join in a project that would provide some excellent housing and development in Hot Springs, and we were very pleased to have the opportunity”, said Mike Theis, director of operations for Black Hills Power.

Dakota Land Trust is a nonprofit, community-based organization established to create and preserve a permanent supply of affordable homes. Dakota Land Trust homebuyers purchase only the house and enter into a 99 year ground lease to take the cost of land out of their purchase price.  With the rising cost of homes throughout Western South Dakota it is difficult for many of our residents to purchase homes. Dakota Land Trust stewardship creates permanently affordable housing options. Currently Dakota Land Trust has 22 homeowners in homes in 8 communities

“We are extremely pleased by the commitment from the City of Hot Springs and Black Hills Power.  This donation will be another valuable resource to help create affordable housing throughout Western South Dakota”, stated Dakota Land Trust Executive Director Joy McCracken.

The donation of these lots will provide more affordable homeownership opportunities throughout Hot Springs and provide land for two single family homes  For more information on Dakota Land Trust  or how to apply to become a Dakota Land Trust  homeowner, contact Stephany at 605-923-6007.

College Park Community Garden- Healthy Space for the Community

The College Park Community Garden has planted the seeds for a stronger community, and has been promoting healthy eating habits throughout the North Rapid neighborhood for four years.

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The College Park Community Garden has been a focal point on Lemmon Avenue to help create a safer and stronger community. The Community Garden has brought the residents of Lemmon together and is creating a safer neighborhood. The community garden has given the residents a reason to go outside and be a part of their community.

Last year volunteers built seven new raised garden beds, to provide space for more people to get involved.

The College Park Community Garden has a total of 23 beds that are leased each season for $15 dollars. Currently, there are nine garden plots available. Garden plots are open to the public and residents living throughout Rapid City.

You don’t have to be an expert gardener, to have a community garden plot. The College Park Community Garden has many members that will help you find your green thumb.

For more information on the community garden, please contact: Stephany at 605-923-6007.