Supports Federal Housing Programs that Benefit South Dakota

Housing is an Integral Part of the Foundation of Any Community, and Access to Safe and Affordable Housing Strengthens Both Families and Communities

Sen. Thune has supported numerous provisions in Congress, including legislation that funds programs to help provide access to housing for South Dakota families.

Highlights of Sen. Thune’s Commitment to Affordable Housing:

  • Strong Leadership in the Senate, Leverages Key Role on the Senate Agriculture Committee Subcommittee on Rural Development & Energy:
    • This subcommittee conducts oversight of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Rural Development programs, including its housing programs, which support access to housing in South Dakota through grants and loans.
    • In the 2014 farm bill, Sen. Thune supported a provision that modified the definition of the rural area for housing programs to raise the population cap, which allowed Aberdeen’s eligibility for federal housing programs to continue.
  • Supports Legislation to Provide Funding for Critical Federal Housing Programs:
    • Federal housing programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which receive annual appropriations in Congress, make access to affordable housing a reality in communities across the state.
    • Sen. Thune is supportive of housing programs that enable organizations to leverage private funding to address housing needs.
  • Supports Legislation to Provide Regulatory Relief to Small Public Housing Agencies:
    • Public housing agencies are responsible for administering certain federal housing programs.
    • The Small Public Housing Agency Opportunity Act, of which Sen. Thune is a cosponsor, will help address an ever-increasing regulatory burden faced by these agencies that will enable them to spend more time serving their communities.

“Housing drives economic development in a community to help attract both families and businesses to put down roots and grow.” – Sen. John Thune