Homelessness in Sioux Falls remains prevalent according to new report

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – A new report says homelessness remains more prevalent in Sioux Falls than other similarly sized cities, despite the area’s decadelong effort to eradicate it.

In 2005, Sioux Falls and Minnehaha County officials set out to eradicate homelessness by 2015 with the establishment of the Homeless Advisory Board. But the Augustana Research Institute’s report shows that goal was not met.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Sioux Falls had 219 homeless people for every 100,000 residents during a 2018 count. Boise, Idaho, had 173.3; Des Moines, Iowa had 163.5; and Sioux City, Iowa, had 214.8.

The findings will be presented to city councilors and county commissioners Tuesday.