“Friend of Housing” Award Goes to Jeff Mitchell

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) awarded Jeff Mitchell with the “Friend of Housing” award during SDHDA’s 26th Annual Housing Conference held last week in Pierre. Mr. Mitchell was honored for his dedication and contribution to affordable housing in South Dakota. He serves as an integral housing advocate to his community and also to the region on housing related issues.

“Jeff was chosen as the recipient of the Friend of Housing Award because he goes above and beyond offering assistance, knowledge and expertise in homeownership possibilities,” said Mark Lauseng, Executive Director of SDHDA. “He serves as a valuable resource to our state on a variety of housing related issues and is always willing to put in the extra work.”

Mr. Mitchell’s career includes over 10 years of affordable housing experience. Under his leadership, Homes Are Possible, Inc. has undertaken the construction of 200 homes, been involved in 11 subdivisions, four Tax Increment Financings and educated thousands with homeownership information.

Not only does Mr. Mitchell raise the visibility of housing needs in his own community of Aberdeen, but he has reached out to other communities such as Groton, Ipswich, Sisseton, and Mobridge among others. His organization has become a model that has been replicated in other communities.

Mr. Mitchell recognizes the importance of partnering with others to accomplish goals. He has worked with USDA-Rural Development, SDHDA, Board of Realtors, Presentation Sisters, Aberdeen Housing Authority and Mobridge Development taking a multi-pronged approach to the housing efforts he undertakes.

The Friend of Housing Award was started 17 years ago to recognize individuals who are instrumental in providing affordable housing in South Dakota. Annually, SDHDA accepts nominations for the award and announces the recipient at their annual housing conference.

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South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) was created by the South Dakota legislature in 1973 with a stated mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to low- and moderate-income South Dakotans. SDHDA is a self-supporting, nonprofit entity. SDHDA utilizes housing bonds, tax credits and other federal and state resources to fund housing programs that provide mortgage and downpayment assistance, housing construction and rehabilitation, homelessness prevention and rental assistance. SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. For more information, visit www.sdhda.org.

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The South Dakota Housing Development Authority (SDHDA) is an independent, quasi-public agency that finances and develops affordable housing opportunities for low and moderate-income residents throughout South Dakota. SDHDA is totally self-supporting and receives no tax money, appropriations or other funding from the State.

SDHDA does not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, religion, sex, disability, familial status or national origin. SDHDA is a proud partner of the State’s 2010 Initiative to “Brand and Develop South Dakota’s Quality of Life as the Best in America.”

Contact:

South Dakota Housing Development Authority
PO Box 1237
221 S. Central Ave.
Pierre, SD 57501

Toll Free: 800-540-4241
Local: 605-773-3181
Fax: 605-773-5154

Mark Lauseng
Executive Director
Phone: 605-773-3181

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