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  • For Immediate Release:December 29, 2017
  • For More Information:Mark Lauseng, Executive Director, 605-773-3181

South Dakota Gov. Dennis Daugaard announced today that South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) has launched a brand new program aimed at assisting postsecondary graduates in purchasing a first home in South Dakota.

The “Grants for Grads” program will launch Jan. 2, 2018, and will be open to first-time homebuyers who:

  • Meet certain income requirements
  • Are purchasing a primary residence in-state
  • Have not owned a home in the past three years
  • Select a home with a purchase price of $250,200 or less
  • Have earned a degree from an accredited postsecondary educational facility within the past 60 months.

“Under this program, graduates will have another incentive to live in South Dakota,” Gov. Dennis Daugaard said. “Getting started in life can be expensive and take some time, especially for those with student loans to repay. Grants for Grads will help those graduates afford their first homes as they begin their careers as a part of South Dakota’s workforce.”

SDHDA plans to offer this program for a limited time through participating lenders, with per-beneficiary assistance at five percent of the loan amount. In order to apply for the program, participants must contact a lender to set an appointment.

View “Grants for Graduates” participating lenders here:

About South Dakota Housing Development Authority

South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income South Dakotans.  SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity.  SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs that provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention and rental assistance.