HUD happy with Rapid City housing progress

Published: Dec. 1, 2016 at 9:45 AM CST
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has determined Rapid City is making overall progress in a number of areas.

In its annual community assessment, HUD determined Rapid City is making sufficient progress in meeting the housing and community needs of low and moderate income people.

While the positive report shows the city continues to improve on meeting its federal obligations, Mayor Steve Allender says the city still has a long way to go, especially when it comes to affordable housing.

"This HUD report is good, but, sometimes I'm nervous when the federal government reports on our success because we don't know if the standards are the same,” Allender explained. “We don't know if it's real progress or they change the way they measure progress. Progress locally should be measured by the locals, not by the federal government."

Allender says when there is some real progress, especially concerning affordable housing.

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