rapid Rapid City Collective Impact hosted a one day summit at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Oct. 11, 2017, to address an affordable housing shortage in Rapid City.
Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender and members of the city council were among those who listened to the director of the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center in Washington.
He explained the realities of the housing industry, with an emphasis on Rapid City. The goal of the summit was to help develop an affordable housing strategy for the city to find solutions to homelessness.
"A population of people who end up in jail and in emergency rooms...are often otherwise homeless,” said Dr. Rolf Pendall, co-director of the Metropolitan Housing Communities Policy Center, “ and when homeless individuals are able to secure housing, they're less likely to experience those issues."
Affordable housing is one of Rapid City Collective Impact's priority areas.