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SOUTH DAKOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE

South Dakota Happenings

PLEASE READ THIS BEFORE YOU CONTACT US:

DISCLAIMER

Homeless To Independence Inc. is an All-Volunteer, Faith-Based, 501©3 non-profit organization. We do NOT receive any grant funding what-so-ever to pay bills for anyone in any situation. We do not give away money. We do not give out loans against any items for money.

This ministry is supported with generous financial donations that are used to help keep us functioning. Our purpose is to help supply individuals and families with personal needs such as food, toiletries, clothing, household items, furniture and baby/adult diapers/wipes both locally and to areas effected by disasters. At this time, we do not offer any shelter or transitional housing services. Again, we DO NOT pay any bills. We DO NOT pay any rents or mortgages.

If you are actually homeless, or about to be homeless or need emergency assistance of any kind, you can:

1. DIAL “211” from a:

a. Land line telephone. Tell the receiver your situation and what you need. They will give you information specific for the physical location you are currently at plus any referrals you may need. They have the most up to the minute information for your specific area. Dialing “211” will get you help and much more info than this office can provide. Homeless to Independence wants you to have all the information you need to get through the situation you are in.

b. Cell Telephone – this will ONLY WORK if the area code of your telephone is calling “211” within the very same County you got your cell telephone in!

PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a land-line telephone or cell telephone, go to your local police department, library, or house of worship and ask to use their land-line telephone. They may even make the call on your behalf.

2. Use the internet and go to: http://www.211.org/

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For those of you looking for employment through-out the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, simply send me an email to:
HTI EMPLOYMENT ASSISTANCE 05-14

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Homeless To Independence Inc. is not responsible for misprints or cancellations of events by the event holders, landlord and/or their agent, or ourselves. Homeless to Independence Inc. also reserves the right to “NOT” offer services to people and/or persons that are rude, unpleasant, and untruthful in any way shape or form, belligerent and the like.

OCCASIONALLY, THERE WILL BE ARTICLES BY OTHER WRITERS. HOMELESS TO INDEPENDENCE MAY NOT NECESSARILY AGREE WITH THEIR VIEWPOINTS, BUT WE DO RESPECT THEM. THANK YOU FOR YOUR COOPERATION!

OFFICE CONTACT INFO:

THE VERY BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME IS TO SEND ME AN EMAIL: ANN@HOMELESSTOINDEPENDENCE.ORG

OFFICE NUMBER IS: 1-732-264-7500

Please note that our office does have very limited volunteer staff and if we are one telephone line we cannot answer the other line. There is simply not enough time in the day to answer and/or return each and every telephone call.

IF YOU ARE ASKING FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, NO ONE WILL CONTACT YOU BACK.

THANK YOU!!!

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL DISASTER RELATED MATERIALS CAN NOW BE FOUND ON “SOUTH DAKOTA EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND DISASTER RESPONSE” PAGE!

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South Dakota Child and Adult Care Food Program
Managing Agency South Dakota http://www.state.sd.us

Program Description
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) provides federal funding that makes it possible for child care centers to offer nutritious meals to children each day, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and have child(ren) enrolled at a participating home or center. Participating day care homes and some centers do not charge separately for meals, but can receive reimbursement for meals served to eligible children.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To submit an application, contact the child care center. A listing of your state’s participating centers can be found here:
http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/

Program Contact Information
For additional information about the Child & Adult Care Food Program, please visit:
http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/cacfp.aspx

You can also contact your child’s day care center or the adult’s day care center to find out what meals are served and how to apply for free or reduced price meals.

Posted 12-05-13

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South Dakota Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Managing Agency Department of Health (SD) http://www.state.sd.us

Program Description
WIC is a special supplemental nutrition program for eligible women, infants and children, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and administered by the South Dakota Department of Health. WIC’s goal is to promote and maintain the health and well-being of nutritionally at-risk women, infants and young children.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of South Dakota, pregnant, breastfeeding or postpartum woman, infant or child up to 5 years of age and are individually determined by a health professional to be at nutrition or health risk and meet income guidelines. In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is at or below the following amounts:

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $20,665
2 $27,991
3 $35,317
4 $42,643
5 $49,969
6 $57,295
7 $64,621
8 $71,947
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,326 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), approved aid category codes for Medicaid or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), automatically meet income eligibility requirements.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply, set up an appointment at the WIC clinic closest to you:
http://doh.sd.gov/local-offices/community-health-wic/

Program Contact Information
For more information on WIC in South Dakota, visit their website at:
http://doh.sd.gov/family/wic/

For the phone number of a South Dakota local WIC Office:
Call 1-800-738-2301
Or
Contact:
South Dakota Department of Health – WIC Program
600 E. Capitol Ave.
Pierre SD 57501-2536
(605) 773-3361

Updated 11-07-13

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South Dakota School Breakfast and Lunch Program
Managing Agency South Dakota Department of Education http://doe.sd.gov/

Program Description
The School Breakfast Program provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious breakfast to students each day. Similarly, the goal of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) is to protect the health and well-being of the nation’s children by providing nutritious school meals every day. NSLP provides funding that makes it possible for schools to offer a nutritious school lunch. Schools receive Federal funds for each breakfast and lunch served, provided that the meal meets established nutrition standards.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child(ren) who attends school (high school or under).

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for free or reduced price meals, contact your child’s school. A listing of your state’s schools can be found here:
http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/nslp.aspx#apps

Program Contact Information
For additional information about the South Dakota School Breakfast and Lunch Programs and to identify who to speak with if you have questions, please visit: http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/nslp.aspx
You can also contact your child’s school to find out what meals are served and how to apply for free or reduced price school meals.

Updated 11-07-13

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South Dakota Special Milk Program
Managing Agency South Dakota Department of Education http://doe.sd.gov/

Program Description
The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and childcare institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The program reimburses schools for the milk they serve.

Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.

General Program Requirements
Any child in a school or institution that participates in the Special Milk Program can get milk. Schools may elect to offer free milk to low-income children. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the Special Milk Program, directly contact your child’s school, camp, or child care institution to find out if it participates in the Special Milk Program.

The Federal agency Child Nutrition Programs manages this program and provides state contact information here:
http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/Contacts/StateDirectory.htm

Additionally, your state education agency can also provide you with more information about the program:
http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/smp.aspx

Program Contact Information
For more information on the South Dakota Special Milk Program, please visit: http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/smp.aspx
Or to ask about the Special Milk Program call: 605-773-3413
You can also contact your local school district to learn how to receive South Dakota Special Milk benefits.

Updated 11-07-13

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South Dakota Summer Food Service
Managing Agency South Dakota Department of Education http://doe.sd.gov/

Program Description
During the summer, Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) provides free, nutritious meals and snacks to children in low-income areas.

General Program Requirements
For this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota. All children and youth (age 18 and under) who come to an approved food service sites are eligible to receive free meals. Sites must either be located in low-income communities or serve primarily low-income children. At certain sites, such as residential camps, benefits are available only to children whose families meet the income standard for free or reduced-price meals.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $21,257
2 $28,694
3 $36,131
4 $43,568
5 $51,005
6 $58,442
7 $65,879
8 $73,316
*For households with more than eight people, add $7,437 per additional person.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To find your local agency providing free meals, please visit:
http://www.whyhunger.org/findfood

Program Contact Information
To learn more about the South Dakota SFSP please visit: http://www.doe.sd.gov/cans/sfsp.aspx
For information about participating in the Summer Food Service Program call: 605-773-3413

Updated 11-07-13

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South Dakota Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Managing Agency South Dakota http://www.state.sd.us

Program Description
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) helps low income South Dakotans buy the food they need to stay healthy while they work to regain financial independence. SNAP benefits are provided to supplement the recipients food budget. The amount of benefits a household receives is based on its size and income.

In South Dakota during August 2013, 104,099 people (45,123 households) received $13.7 million in SNAP benefits. The average monthly benefit was $132 per person or $304 per household.

SNAP recipients are given a plastic debit card (South Dakota EBT Card) instead of paper coupons. The store cashier runs the debit card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient’s purchase amount from their allotted benefits. Using the card is much faster and easier than using paper coupons and eliminates loss or theft of SNAP benefits.

South Dakota SNAP operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and fall into one of two groups: (1) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $3,251 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself).

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
Contact your local SNAP administering agency to apply for this program:
http://dss.sd.gov/offices/

Program Contact Information
If you have further questions about eligibility or benefits under South Dakota SNAP, contact us via phone at:
1-877-999-5612

Or via email: SNAP@state.sd.us
Or visit us online at: http://www.dss.sd.gov/snap

Updated 11-06-13

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SOUTH DAKOTA FUN TIMES AND FESTIVALS:

SOUTH DAKOTA

Updated 10-21-13

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South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
Managing Agency South Dakota http://www.state.sd.us

Program Description
The South Dakota Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides financial assistance to low income South Dakota households to pay their home heating bills.

Energy assistance does not pay the full cost of a family’s home heating. The program assists those families who would otherwise be unable to pay the cost of their home heating. Maximum payments for the lowest income households are approximately 70 percent of the entire heating cost.

No household is automatically eligible. All households must apply, showing proof of income and home heating costs. To be eligible, a household’s total gross income may not exceed maximum income guidelines and the household must be responsible for paying home heating costs. Energy assistance payments will be made to energy suppliers.

Energy assistance money will be distributed on a first-come basis. Applicant eligibility and assistance amount are calculated according to household size, income, type and cost of heating and geographical location of household.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you also must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $19,548
2 $26,478
3 $33,408
4 $40,338
5 $47,268
6 $54,198
7 $61,128
8 $68,058
*For households with more than eight people, add $6,930 per additional person.

A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.

Application Process
To apply for the low income energy assistance program visit:
http://dss.sd.gov/energyassistance/applying/

Program Contact Information
To learn more information about the program, please visit the South Dakota Energy Assistance website at: http://dss.sd.gov/energyassistance/lowincome/index.asp
Or directly contact the South Dakota Department of Social Services-Office of Energy Assistance: 206 W. Missouri Pierre SD 57501 800-233-8503

Updated 05-07-13

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South Dakota Medical Assistance

Medicaid is a state/federal program that pays for medical and long-term care services for people with lower incomes, seniors, people with disabilities and some families and children. Services covered include laboratory and X-ray services, inpatient and outpatient hospital services, health screenings for children, and long-term care services and supports.

GO TO: http://dss.sd.gov/sdmedx/includes/portal/verifyeligibility/index.aspx

Updated 02-25-13

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Governor Promotes Hiring of People with Developmental Disabilities

South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard has announced an initiative that promotes the employment of people with disabilities. The state Department of Human Services (DHS) has joined the State Employment Leadership Network, connecting South Dakota with developmental disability agencies nationwide that are working to increase the employment of people with developmental and intellectual disabilities. DHS will work with other states to share best practices and tools to develop and implement employment strategies.

GO TO: http://news.sd.gov/newsitem.aspx?id=14122

Posted 02-25-13

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South Dakota Head Start
Managing Agency South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs http://www.state.sd.us
Program Description
The Head Start program (for children ages 3-5) and Early Head Start program (for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers) promote school readiness for children in low-income families by providing comprehensive educational, health, nutritional, and social services. Parents play a large role in the programs, both as primary educators of their children and as participants in administering the programs locally. Both programs provide pre-literacy and literacy experiences in a multi-cultural environment. Parents are also provided social services, including assistance with childcare. Services are also available to migrant and seasonal farm worker families.
General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of South Dakota and you must be a parent or primary caregiver responsible for a child who is too young for public school.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $14,521
2 $19,669
3 $24,817
4 $29,965
5 $35,113
6 $40,261
7 $45,409
8 $50,557
*For households with more than eight people, add $5,148 per additional person.

If you do not meet these criteria, you may still qualify if you are a U.S. national, citizen or permanent resident whose financial status is low income or very low income, who is under-employed, unemployed or about to become unemployed, facing pregnancy, less than 19 years of age yourself, or the parent or primary caregiver for children under the age of 19 years. Other qualifications may apply.
Your Next Steps
The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
The Head Start Locator provides a searchable database of Head Start programs. To apply for this program please visit the following website, which will direct you to the Head Start office nearest to you:
http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices
Program Contact Information
For more information on South Dakota Head Start, please visit: http://www.sdheadstart.org/
If you would like to speak with a State representative regarding the program, you can call the South Dakota Head Start Collaboration Office at: 605-773-4640

Posted 04-09-12

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Provides assessments and training for individuals who need assistive technology such as Braille or computer devices and other services. Assistive technology means devices or services that can help a person with a disability get a job and live independently. You’ll also find computer-related assistive technology developers and manufacturers.

For more information visit https://www.disability.gov/state/south_dakota/technology.

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Crazy Horse Memorial

It’s the world’s largest mountain sculpture-in-progress, and you can experience it only in South Dakota. An image of Crazy Horse is being carved from a granite outcropping in the Black Hills and stands as a tribute to all Native American tribes. You can learn the history and culture as you browse through the Welcome Center, The Indian Museum of North America or watch one of the scheduled summer blasts. Plan your visit to Crazy Horse Memorial and discover the places of a lifetime in South Dakota.

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many more events at: http://www.travelsd.com/Events/Search?city=&radius=&month=2010-10&q?WT.mc_id=155&WT.
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Program Description
The Food Stamp Program helps low income South Dakotans buy the food they need to stay healthy while they work to regain
financial independence. Food stamp benefits are provided to supplement the recipients food budget. The amount of benefits a
household receives is based on its size and income.

In South Dakota during July 2002, 47,700 people (18,400 households) received $3.6 million in food stamp benefits. The average
monthly benefit was $75 per person or $200 per household.

Food stamp recipients are given a plastic debit card (Dakota EBT Card) instead of paper coupons. The store cashier runs the debit
card through a point-of-sale device to subtract the recipient’s purchase amount from their allotted benefits. Using the card is much
faster and easier than using paper coupons and eliminates loss or theft of food stamps.

South Dakota’s Food Stamp Program operates under the requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of South Dakota and fall into one of two groups: (1)
those with a current bank balance (savings and checking combined) under $2,001, or (2) those with a current bank balance (savings
and checking combined) under $3,001 who share their household with a person or persons age 60 and over, or with a person with a
disability (a child, your spouse, a parent, or yourself). For either group, you must also have an annual household income of less than
$13,284 if one person lives in the household; $17,808 if two people live in the household; $22,332 if three people live in the
household; $26,856 if four people live in the household; $31,380, if five people live in the household; $35,904 if six people live in the
household; $40,428 if seven people live in the household; or $44,952 if more than seven people live in the household.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
If you have further questions about eligibility or benefits under South Dakota’s Food Stamp Program, contact us at:
FoodStmp@dss.state.sd.us
605-773-3493

Or visit us online at:
http://dss.sd.gov/foodstamps/

Managing Agency
South Dakota
http://www.state.sd.us

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Program Description
The Weatherization Assistance Program was designed to help low income South Dakota households overcome the high cost of
energy by making their homes more energy efficient. The program is operated at the local level by community action agencies or
other local agencies. It has operated continuously since 1976. Local agencies operating the program provide free home
weatherization to anyone who qualifies.

-Weather-stripping of doors and windows.
-Caulking and sealing cracks and holes in a building structure.
-Insulating attics, walls and under floors.
-Installing windows and/or glass.
-Repair, tune-up or replacement of non-functional heating systems.
-Incidental repairs necessary to protect the weatherization material.
-Health and safety checklist.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of South Dakota, your household’s annual income
before taxes must not exceed $16,632 if one person lives in the household; $22,392 if two people live in the household; $28,152 if
three people live in the household; $33,912 if four people live in the household; $39,672 if five people live in the household; $45,432 if
six people live in the household; $51,192 if seven people live in the household; and $534,400 if eight people live in the household. For
larger households, add $5,400 for each additional person in the home.

Your Next StepsThe following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this benefit.
Application Process
The South Dakota Weather Assistance Program application is available at the following location:
http://dss.sd.gov/energyassistance/applying/

Once you have completed the application, please print it off and sign it. Send the completed application to the following address:

South Dakota Department of Social Services
Office of Energy Assistance
206 W. Missouri Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501-4517

Program Contact Information
For more information, please visit the South Dakota WAP program website at:
http://dss.sd.gov/weatherization/index.asp

To speak with State representatives regarding the program call toll-free Department of Social Services at:
800-233-8503

Managing Agency
South Dakota
http://www.state.sd.us

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In the heart of the Black Hills of South Dakota, you’ll find a mountain carving with the faces of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a symbol of American pride and a Shrine of Democracy. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum chose these four men because they represent the founding, growth, preservation and development of the United States. In the next few months, we’ll profile each one of these great men in our “Experience South Dakota” series. We’ll also be telling you the story behind many of South Dakota’s unique attractions. To learn more about our Great Faces and Great Places or to book a vacation package, visit our Web site, www.TravelSD.com.

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Program Description
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is a temporary public assistance program administered by the South Dakota
Department of Social Services and Department of Labor. The primary focus of the program is to help families help themselves
move from welfare to work by:
– Promoting family responsibility and accountability
– Encouraging self-sufficiency through work
In addition to help finding work, South Dakota families with serious financial needs may qualify for TANF monthly cash payments. To
qualify, families must have children under age 18 (19 if the child is in high school) and need financial support due to:
– Death of a parent
– Parent is absent from the home
– Physical or mental incapacity or unemployment of a parent
Your TANF benefit amount is based on who lives with your family, who is eligible in your household and other income available to
the family. If your family’s TANF monthly cash payment is less than $10, no payment will be issued. TANF beneficiaries are required
to participate in work activities unless exempt.
There are other eligibility requirements but we encourage you to learn more about how the South Dakota TANF program can help
you and your family.
General Program Requirements
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the State of South Dakota, either pregnant or responsible for a
child under 19 years of age, a US national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident, have low or very low income, and be either
under-employed (working for very low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

Application Process
For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.

Program Contact Information
For further information on applying for TANF in South Dakota, the applicable work requirements for persons who receive TANF
benefits, and the TANF program guidelines, please contact the Department of Social Services or Department of Labor Job Service
office in the County where you live or visit us online at:

http://dss.sd.gov/tanf/

You may also contact us using the phone number or address below:
South Dakota Department of Social Services
TANF Work Program
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-4678

Managing Agency
South Dakota
http://www.state.sd.us

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