Evictions in South Dakota could spike despite aid
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions that was enacted last year is scheduled to expire on Saturday, raising concerns that thousands of South Dakota residents will be unable to afford their rent and could be booted from their homes.
South Dakota has received $360 million in federal funds to help with outstanding rent, utility payments and other expenses. But a tenant advocate says not enough people know about the assistance.
Making a difficult situation worse, people who are evicted would be left to find new homes in a tightening rental market.
There was a run on affordable housing during the pandemic, putting a further strain on renters.