South Dakota State News


Financing available for furnace repair or replacement

PIERRE – A program helping South Dakotans who own their homes pay for the repair or replacement of their furnace has more funding available and eligible low-income households in need are encouraged to apply.

An additional $1 million in one-time funding was added to the Energy Assistance program for furnace repair and replacement through the American Rescue Plan Act, doubling its size. Repair and replacement of air conditioners have also been added for this year only and are available until September 30, 2022.

“For low-income families in South Dakota, the unexpected costs of a heater or air conditioner that isn’t working properly can be difficult,” said Laurie Gill, Cabinet Secretary for the Department of Social Services (DSS ). “By injecting additional funds into this program, we can help ensure that families have reliable and efficient systems when they need them.

Eligibility for repair or replacement is based on the income of households whose furnace or air conditioner is not working or not working properly.

Four community action programs administer the program for DSS and cover all counties in the state:

  • Inter-Lakes Community Action – tel. : 605-256-6518 (www.interlakescap.com) serves Brookings, Clark, Codington, Deuel, Grant, Hamlin, Kingsbury, Lake, McCook, Miner, Minnehaha and Moody counties.
  • Grow South Dakota – Phone: 605-698-7654 (https://www.growsd.org/) serves Beadle, Brown, Campbell, Day, Edmunds, Faulk, Hand, Hughes, Hyde, McPherson, Marshall, Potter, Roberts, Spink, Stanley, Sully and Walworth counties.
  • Rural Community Services Office – Phone: 605-384-3883 (www.rocsinc.org) serves the counties of Aurora, Bon Homme, Brule, Buffalo, Charles Mix, Clay, Davison, Douglas, Gregory, Hanson, Hutchinson, Jerauld, Jones, Lincoln, Lyman, Mellette, Sanborn, Todd, Tripp, Turner, Yankton and Union.
  • Community Action of Western South Dakota – tel. : 605-348-1460 (www.wsdca.org) serves Bennett, Butte, Corson, Custer, Dewey, Fall River, Haakon, Harding, Jackson, Lawrence, Meade, Perkins, Oglala Lakota, Pennington, and Ziebach counties.

DSS also provides energy assistance to help low-income South Dakota people pay for home heating costs. Eligibility and assistance amounts are based on the number of people, the income of everyone in the home, the type and cost of heating, and the location. Applications can be submitted at any time for the upcoming winter. Assistance for eligible households who have unpaid heating costs for last winter may be available if they apply before April 30.

For more information on Energy Assistance and Weatherization Assistance, including furnace repair and replacement, visit https://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/energyassistance/ or your local community action agency at https://dss.sd.gov/economicassistance/communityassistance.aspx.

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The South Dakota Department of Human Services is dedicated to strengthening families to promote health, well-being, and independence. For more information, please visit dss.sd.gov.

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