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Mitchell Area Safehouse Awarded grant from Governor’s Office of Economic Development

Funds to be put toward new facility.

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The Mitchell Area Safehouse, currently located at 1809 N. Wisconsin St., is hoping to expand with a new facility within the city. (Matt Gade / Republic)
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The Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) has awarded $2.02 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to the city of Mitchell for a new Mitchell Area Safehouse facility.

The Mitchell Area Safehouse is a domestic violence shelter and family visitation center that serves adult survivors and their children. Services include emergency shelter, transitional housing, and referral services as well as visitation services in a positive, non-threatening environment.

“I am proud to be able to award this grant to the city of Mitchell. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the programs and their advocates need to be commended for the work they do,” says GOED commissioner Steve Westra. “Domestic violence needs to be eradicated and I am hopeful these funds will assist in helping those who have been affected in some way.”

The total estimated project for the new facility is over $4 million. These funds will utilize CARES Act monies to assist in helping comply with COVID-19 CDC guidelines, ADA compliance, and policies for capital improvement. Examples are two different living areas for clients as well as kitchen facilities for two families to cook in while practicing social distancing.

“We are thrilled that the State of South Dakota has selected the Mitchell Area Safehouse to receive this CDBG grant utilizing CARES Act funds. It will be a tremendous blessing to the clients we serve as well as our staff. A new facility will have a great impact on the city of Mitchell and the seven other counties we serve for years to come,” says Nancy Wietgrefe, Executive Director, Mitchell Area Safehouse.

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Planning and Development District III is assisting with this process and will work with both the city of Mitchell and the Mitchell Area Safehouse to complete the project. The CDBG funds provide local governments with funding to complete projects that improve living conditions. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and administered by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

For additional information or questions on the Mitchell Area Safehouse, visit their website at mitchellareasafehouse.org or contact Ashley Hobbs at 605-933-9644.

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