Security Deposit Assistance Program (SDAP)

Pathways will administer SDAP funds primarily to individuals or families that are literally homeless or in imminent risk of entering homelessness. This program provides a one-time deposit payment without case management. Applicants are subject to eligibility guidelines and the proposed rental unit must meet all Housing Quality Standards. 

Application Process

An application is available here, or applicants can call/email Joseph Tielke to receive a paper copy. All applications will be reviewed within 48 hours and applicant will be contacted in regards to their eligibility. Applications and assistance will be handled on a "first-come, first-served" basis. Before approval, client households will undergo a barrier assessment to guarantee there is no further need for assistance or ongoing case-management. All SDAP activities are conducted in compliance with the law regarding non-discrimination and Fair Housing. 

Eligibility Guidelines

  • SDAP funds will only be committed to households qualified as very low-income (30% of the Area Median Income).

  • Priority will be given to those applicants that are enrolled in the South Dakota Coordinated Entry System or have written referral from a Housing Choice Voucher administrator or another Pathways' partner agency. 

  • Applicants must have secured access or intent to rent for an available rental unit prior to their applying. Application approval and service disbursement will be based on the availability of funds.  

  • Lease terms for the applicant must be at least 12 months.

  • Pathways will not maintain a waitlist for applicants.

  • Pathways will not commit services to rental units that would leave an applicant cost-burdened. Gross rent must be below 45% of the applicant's verified monthly income, unless the applicant was previously living in a unit that was over 45%.

  • Pathways' SDAP funds will be prioritized for those experiencing homelessness, veterans, senior citizens (62+) or Housing Choice Voucher recipients.