Donated House Offers Many Benefits

 Donated House Offers Many Benefits

Rapid City, SD (02-18-2014) – NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and the Rapid City Fire Department are partnering to provide some valuable training for the fire department and help demolish uninhabitable, dilapidated structure.

820 Lemmon

In 2012, the City of Rapid City donated 820 Lemmon Avenue to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources to support their mission of providing decent, safe, and affordable housing.  Due to the major repairs needed on the home, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will be demolishing the site and building a new home on the lot.


Prior demolishing, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has offered the structure to be used for fire safety training. The Rapid City Fire Department will use the structure as a training resource February 18th through the 22nd.  This hands-on training opportunity will provide realistic training for a high risk, low frequency event.  Having the opportunity to participate in realistic training in a controlled safe atmosphere will better prepare the department for real time experiences.

Immediately after the Rapid City Fire Department completes their training activities, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources will pay for the home to be demolished and the debris to be removed. As a result they will be cleaning up the building site and the neighborhood.

A new home will be built in its place for a low- to moderate-income family, according to Joy McCracken, executive director of NeighborWorks®. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is looking for a family interested in home ownership.

The residents throughout Lemmon Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods are very happy to see the progress in their neighborhoods. “Replacing run-down properties with new homes improves the neighborhood and furthers revitalization efforts. Our neighborhood seems like a different place. You go around town and talk to people and they can’t get over how clean Lemmon Avenue is looking.” stated College Park Block Club president John Haag.

Over four years ago, the Lemmon Avenue residents started working closely with the Rapid City Police Department and NeighborWorks® to stop crime and build up their community. They created a block club and the College Park Community Garden located at 706 Lemmon.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources has had great success with rehabbing and rebuilding decent, safe, and affordable homes throughout out Lemmon Avenue and surrounding neighborhoods.  In 2013, Wells Fargo donated a property to NeighborWorks that was foreclosed and uninhabitable.  That site was demolished and was able to provide an affordable homeownership opportunity to a local Rapid City family.

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 980 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 at 605-923-6007 or visit us on the web at www.NeighborWorks®

For more information on the Rapid City Fire Department and the  fire safety training contact Rapid City Fire PIO Calen Maningas for additional information.

Managing Home Repairs

Local Rapid City resident received much needed home repairs, thanks to NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources.

Carmen Newark and her three children have lived in their North side home for over 8 years.  During her time in the home she has completed many home improvement projects.   She said she had a list of other repairs she wanted to complete but they were too costly for her budget at the time.  “It seemed whenever I would want to complete a repair, something else would happen.”

She had looked into low interest loans in the past, but the monthly payments were not feasible with her budget.   “If it comes to having heat in your home or a new roof, you are going to choose heat,” Stated Carmen.

Carmen was able to utilize NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, Home Rehab program to replace her roof, gutters, and increasing the insulation in her attic.

Carmen explained how excited she was that the work was able to be completed and how happy she is with the end results. “My roof looks beautiful, and the payment will be affordable.” “These are improvements that I would not have been able to complete on my own if it not for this program.” Carmen stated.

She has also noticed a significant decrease in her electric and heating bills this winter.   Thanks to the added insulation she believes her heating and cooling will continue to be more efficient.

Carmen Newark in her recently repaired home.

Carmen Newark in her recently repaired home.

“I just wish more people knew about this program. With all the older homes in the neighborhood I am sure there are many people that could be utilizing these programs.” Carmen explained.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources completes around thirty home rehab projects annually. Assistance ranged from replacement of furnaces and hot water heaters, to updating electrical and plumbing homes.  In 2013, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources invested over $100,000 into preserving and rehabbing affordable homes throughout Western South Dakota.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is able to provide low interest rate loans and forgivable loans for home rehabilitation and repair projects throughout Western South Dakota, thanks to the support from NeighborWorks® America, South Dakota Housing Development Authority, US Bank and Wells Fargo Bank.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private non-profit organization that works to assist families with their dream of homeownership and revitalize the communities to improve the quality of life. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources can assist you in fixing your home.  If your home needs major repairs NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources may be able to help you.  Call NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources at 605-578-1401 for more information.





Rapid City, SD  – Dr Pepper Snapple Group (DPS) and national non-profit KaBOOM! awarded NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resource and the College Park Block Club a $15,000 Let’s Play Community Construction Grant as announced on February 4, 2014

The grant is part of Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. In 2011, as part of Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group made a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit saving play by ensuring there is a great place to play within walking distance of every child. Together through Let’s Play, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America.

“NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Block Club are very excited and thankful for this grant.  The future pocket park will offer many  benefits to the College Park Neighborhood. Our main goal is to have a safe place that is designed by and for our community and neighborhood.”  Marketing Director, Stephany Valkenburg stated.

The College Park Block Club and NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources are working with the citizens of Rapid City to build and design a new park on the corner of Monroe and Lemmon.

The College Park Block Club received support from the City of Rapid City to create a pocket park on the corner of Monroe and Lemmon Ave in April of 2013.  This open space was once a park many years ago, but over the years the park equipment was removed and the space vacant.  With the increase of children in the neighborhood, and its proximity to schools and other kid oriented organizations it is apparent to the residents they needed to create something to keep the children safe.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources and the College Park Club have been hosting various events  to gather input on what is wanted and needed in the park.  The next event will take place on Februay 19th at 6;30pm located at the General Beadle Elementary School.

Unstructured, child-directed play has been proven to help kids develop physically, socially and cognitively, yet today’s kids have less time and fewer opportunities to play than any previous generation. Via Let’s Play grants and projects through 2012, Dr Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! built or improved 1,154 playgrounds, benefitting an estimated 2.8 million children during the lifetime of the playgrounds. People are encouraged to visit Let’s Play at to join the conversation and learn how to apply for the various available grants to make their communities more active and playful.

About NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources – College Park Block Club:

About four years ago, the Lemmon Avenue residents started working closely with the Rapid City Police Department and NeighborWorks to stop crime and build up their community. They created a block club and the neighborhood’s focal point at 706 Lemmon Ave., the Lemmon Avenue Community Garden. They continue together and improve the quality of life throughout the surrounding Neighborhoods.  This future pocket park will be another resource to help Lemmon Avenue resident’s revitalization efforts to spill into surrounding streets. If you would like to donate or help design and build the park please contact Stephany at 605-923-6007.  Savings account will soon be set up at First Interstate Bank to allow Monterey donations, more information soon to be released.

 About Let’s Play

Let’s Play is a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) to get kids and families active nationwide. The first Let’s Play initiative is a $15 million, three-year commitment to KaBOOM!, the national non-profit that’s saving play. Together, through Let’s Play, DPS and KaBOOM! will build or fix up 2,000 playgrounds by the end of 2013, benefiting an estimated five million children across North America. For more information, visit or

About Dr Pepper Snapple Group
Dr Pepper Snapple Group (NYSE: DPS) is a leading producer of flavored beverages in North America and the Caribbean. Our success is fueled by more than 50 brands that are synonymous with refreshment, fun and flavor. We have 6 of the top 10 non-cola soft drinks, and 13 of our 14 leading brands are No. 1 or No. 2 in their flavor categories. In addition to our flagship Dr Pepper and Snapple brands, our portfolio includes 7UP, A&W, Canada Dry, Clamato, Crush, Hawaiian Punch, Mott’s, Mr & Mrs T mixers, Peñafiel, Rose’s, Schweppes, Squirt and Sunkist soda. To learn more about our iconic brands and Plano, Texas-based company, please visit For our latest news and updates, follow us at or

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,200 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. Hammond chronicles the founding of the organization and the importance of the cause of play in his The New York Times Best Seller KaBOOM!: A Movement to Save Play, now out in paperback. The book details how businesses and communities can work together to save play for children across the country. All author proceeds support KaBOOM!. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., KaBOOM! also has an office in San Mateo, Calif. For more information, visit


Opening the Doors of Homeownership through Education:

The idea of having a home is exciting, and your first reaction may be to jump right in by contacting a realtor or lender.  Homeownership has great benefits, but you must understand the process and decide what is best for your household to have a positive outcome.

Opening the Doors of Homeownership

Opening the Doors of Homeownership

Purchasing a home is very complex, and you need to make the right financial decisions for your unique situation.  That is why NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources(NWDHR) recommends potential buyers take a homeownership education class before starting the process. No matter what your income is, or lender you chose, homebuyer education can help make the process of homeownership easier.



Here are a few of the perks of stepping into the classroom:

Are you ready for homeowner? With low interest rates, there is a lot of talk about how, in some cases, a mortgage payment can be the same or even less than a rent payment. What can be overlooked is that homeownership comes with extra costs like property taxes, repair bills, and private mortgage insurance. Taking a homeownership class helps you assess your budget. Even if you find you are not ready to handle the costs of a house yet, a class can help you plan how to reach your homeownership goal in the future.

Become fluent in “house. Many people are new to the lingo of home buying; Front-end ratios, deeds, liens, P&S—are you lost yet?. Taking a class will help you understand the housing jargon.

Invest time now to save time and money later: Homebuyer Education takes you through the pre-qualifying with a lender, budgeting for a home, working with a realtor, what your credit score means, appraisals, insurance and more.  Knowing about the home buying process means you can ask better questions, understand your responsibilities, and know what you are really looking for in a house. This knowledge and sense of direction may help save confusion, money, and time later in the process. Also, some mortgage programs require homebuyer education, and taking a class early means one fewer thing on your to-do list! In addition, NWDHR is able to share the programs they have to offer which include down payment and closing costs, low interest loans and more. 2014 Class Schedule

Save Time and Money!

Save Time and Money!






It’s easy and FREE! With free and low-cost options in class and online, homebuyer education is easy to access. In person classes free and offered as a two night four hour session. If you can’t dedicate that many hours at once or live far from a homeownership center, NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources offers online classes through e-home America.  Online classes let you learn at your own pace, but tend to have a small fee.

For an up-to-date list of free and lost-cost home buyer classes, visit


The Housing Opportunity Fund Awarded to NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources was awarded $100,000 grant from South Dakota Housing Development Authority’s (SDHDA) Board of Commissioners. The funds will be used to assist homeowner’s in Rapid City and Black Hills Communities improve the efficiency of their home.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources and 20 other organizations were awarded a total of 1.8 million dollars to support affordable housing and various housing projects and programs across the state.

In 2013, South Dakota Legislators worked hard to craft the Building South Dakota Fund.  The Building South Dakota fund was designed to create certain programs and funds to enhance economic development.

The Housing Opportunity Fund may be used for new construction, the purchase and rehabilitation of a rental or home owner occupied homes, housing preservation, homelessness prevention activities and community land trust.  SDHDA is the administering agency of the housings opportunity fund.

energy logoNeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will be assisting homeowners in these communities reduce their energy cost and help create a more efficient home.   Many older homes in these communities need rehabilitation that is to expensive for homeowners to complete on their own. These funds will assist purchasing and installing new insulation, water heaters, furnaces and other energy saving rehabilitations.


Many of the communities throughout the Black Hills have smaller populations, but still need funds to improve the economic health of their community.   The Housing Opportunity fund requires that seventy percent of the funds must go to communities with a population of less than 50,000.

“The Housing Opportunity Fund is a great stride to improving the quality of housing in South Dakota. Thanks to the hard work of our legislators and partners, NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources will be able to leverage our current programs to maximize our services.   The Housing Opportunity Fund will enrich the entire community and provide strong economic benefits”.  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, Executive Joy McCracken stated.

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources has assisted over 990 families with affordable homeownership opportunities and provided over 2.5 Million in Grants and Loans for Home Rehab Assistance.  NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is able to provide low interest rate loans and forgivable loans for home rehabilitation and repair projects throughout Western South Dakota, thanks to their supporters and partners.

NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources is a private non-profit organization that works to assist families with their dream of homeownership and revitalize the communities to improve the quality of life. NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources can assist you in repairing your home. For more information contact NeighborWorks® at 605-578-1401

NeighborWorks Dakota Home Resources Awarded Federal Funding- 2013

This is an Advance Notice of Federal Funding to inform you that NeighborWorks® Dakota Home Resources, a member of the NeighborWorks® network, serving your Congressional District, is being awarded a grant of $73,500  from NeighborWorks® ® America.

This FY 2013 grant funding, appropriated by the current six-month continuing resolution (P.L. 112-175 Continuing Appropriations Resolution of 2013) is being provided to support local NeighborWorks®  organization efforts to revitalize and strengthen their communities, promote and preserve affordable housing for the residents of their service areas, and create or sustain jobs through local NeighborWorks® -supported projects and activities.  Funding for any additional FY 2013 grants would be contingent upon NeighborWorks®  America’s receipt of additional appropriations.

NeighborWorks®  America is a public nonprofit organization, established by Congress in 1978 as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (through Public Law 95-557) and is the nation’s original community/public/private partnership model, with locally-driven, efficient community development and leverage of the public investment as its hallmarks.  Over the past 35 years, NeighborWorks®  America and its affiliated local community-based NeighborWorks®  organizations have consistently replicated this successful model in more than 4,500 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico; in America’s urban, suburban and rural communities.  Local NeighborWorks®  organizations receive grants, training, technical assistance and other programmatic support and services from NeighborWorks®  America.

“NeighborWorks®  America is able to distribute funds on the ground expeditiously, and with careful stewardship and quality control, so that those dollars can immediately be used to improve communities and create jobs” said NeighborWorks®  America’s CEO Eileen Fitzgerald.  “Just one indicator of the value of NeighborWorks® is reflected in the fact that in FY 2012 the corporation leveraged its core federal appropriation of $135.3 million by a factor of $34.5 to $1 — meaning, for every dollar of appropriated funding, the NeighborWorks®  network generated $34.50 of direct investment — resulting in a direct investment of more than $4.6 billion in local communities, primarily from the private sector.  As good stewards of taxpayer dollars,

NeighborWorks®  ensures its investments are working in ways that truly make a difference.” Over the past five years NeighborWorks®  America and its affiliated NeighborWorks®  network and their partners have:

  • Invested nearly $20.5 billion in America’s urban, rural, and suburban communities;
  • Assisted more than 1.35 million families with affordable housing and homeownership counseling, including:
    • Providing homeownership education and counseling to more than 587,000 families;
    • Providing more than 97,000 affordable, high quality, affordable rental homes, in thousands of communities;
    • Assisting more than 75,000 families of modest means to achieve their dream of sustainable homeownership; and
    • The rehabilitation and repair of more than 275,000 homes, using state-of-the-art methods, including energy-efficient and healthy building techniques;
  • Created the nation’s largest force of certified homeownership education counselors and foreclosure intervention counselors;
  • Mobilized hundreds of thousands of volunteers to revitalize communities; and
  • Created or sustained tens of thousands of jobs in communities across the country.

In addition, in FY 2012, NeighborWorks®  America awarded more than 20,000 training certificates to practitioners from 3,400 organizations and municipalities.

NeighborWorks®  America also administers the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program, established by Congress in December 2007.  To date, more than 1.5 million homeowners facing foreclosure around the country have been counseled by the 1,700+ grantee and sub-grantee foreclosure counseling agencies receiving funds from the NFMC program.

For questions about the work of NeighborWorks®  America or these grant awards, or if you would like to schedule a briefing regarding NeighborWorks® , please reply to this e-mail or call NeighborWorks®  America’s Office of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs at: (202) 220-2443.