How to Apply for Section 8 in South Dakota

The sooner you submit your Tennessee Section 8 application, the sooner you can get you and your family into safe, decent and, above all, affordable housing. There are several ways to apply for Section 8 housing, including online, by mail and in person. No matter which method you pick, however, you will need to provide the same proof of Section 8 eligibility, including proof of residency and citizenship or legal presence and proof of income. 

All public housing associations in South Dakota have contact email addresses and most offer Section 8 application online forms you can use to ask any specific questions about public housing in that area or inquire about the status of your application. If you have trouble reaching any PHA in South Dakota, whether by mail, telephone, email or in person, reach out to the South Dakota field office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), located in Sioux Falls. In particular, the Public and Indian Housing (PIH) Information Resource Center handles HUD rental programs include Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers and Public Housing. That office is open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday.

How to Apply for Section 8 Online in South Dakota

You may submit your Section 8 application online with some of the PHA offices in South Dakota. Those that do not offer application services online will accept applications in person or by mail. The documentation required and procedures to apply for low-income housing online are the same as to apply by mail and in person. If you have a disability and you cannot fill out an online application, you should make sure to contact the PHA and request accommodations.

How to Apply for South Dakota Section 8 Housing by Mail

To submit your low-income housing application by mail, you need to fill out a printed application you can obtain either by calling or visiting your local PHA or HUD field office or by downloading and printing it off the Internet. Either way, if you wanted to know how to apply for Section 8 housing in person at an PHA office or online, this is the same application you would fill out. This uniform HUD housing application asks for several pertinent pieces of information, including the following:

  • Your name and the names of every person to be living in your household.
  • Your gender, birthdate and relationship to the family head along with those of every other named individual.
  • Your current address and phone number.
  • Any relevant family characteristics or circumstances affecting your eligibility for preferential tenant selection, such as being a veteran, homeless, or living presently in substandard housing. 
  • Names and contact information for your current landlord and prior landlords to obtain feedback about how suitable your family are as tenants.
  • An approximation of your family’s expected gross annual income for the upcoming 12 months along with an accounting of all the sources of income.
  • The names and address of all your banks, employers and other resources the PHA can contact to verify the composition of your family and your income and eligible deductions. 

For the HUD housing application you are also required to submit proof of certain statements, such as residency and income. 

 How to Apply for South Dakota Section 8 Housing in Person

You can apply for Section 8 housing in person at the South Dakota Housing Authority office serving the areas where you want to live. Be aware, however, each PHA only handles public housing in the specific area of South Dakota it serves. To apply for low income housing in more than one area in the state, you will have to apply at the respective PHA for each of those areas individually. One benefit of applying for Section 8 in person is you can get an PHA representative to help fill out the paperwork with you. 

Before visiting any PHA office to apply for Section 8, call ahead to confirm current operating hours. Note as well some PHAs in South Dakota only handle Section 8 applications while others only handle low-rent applications. Other PHAs in the state handle both. Be sure before visiting any PHA that you know it handles the type of rental housing assistance you are seeking. While you are present with the PHA representative helping you complete your application, you can have the person describe the public housing program to you in detail including its precise requirements. The representative can also answer any questions you may have. 

What happens after you submit a Section 8 application form in South Dakota?

If you chose to apply for housing assistance in person, the PHA representative you meet with may request additional documentation. If you do not have it, you will have to retrieve it and provide it for your application to be completely processed. If you chose to apply online, low-income housing notification will come immediately if you need to produce any additional documentation. You are given the option to save your application while you retrieve it. If you submit your HUD Section 8 application by mail, you may receive notification that more documentation is required. This may include tax forms, birth certificates, previous leases or bank statement, among others.

Once you supply a South Dakota PHA with a completed HUD Section 8 application you may be contacted to set up an interview with a PHA representative. Whatever method you use to apply for Section 8, you are notified of its determination in writing. You can go online or call by phone to request a Section 8 application status check, if you do not hear from an PHA after a few weeks. When approved for Section 8, the PHA places your name on a Section 8 waiting list unless it is able to find you housing immediately. If your name goes onto a waiting list, once it is reached, the PHA contacts you to inform you. If, however, the PHA determines, based on your HUD housing application, that you do not qualify for Section 8 housing, it must state tenant disqualifications. You can, if you wish, ask for an informal hearing to begin the Section 8 process. Click here to get South Dakota HUD contact information.