Why you’re needed at Crow Creek SD
Crow Creek tribal members Conrad Medicine Crow, Codi and their four children needed a home on the reservation for their family of six. With both of them working on the reservation and four boys ranging in age from two to 17 years old, their long commute from Chamberlain where they were living was taking a toll on their family. They applied to Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity. They were approved, and this responsible, hardworking family broke ground on July 2, 2010, for their new home, which is expected to be completed by Christmas of 2011. Like other families, they were required to make a down payment and put in 500 sweat equity hours in addition to the mortgage payments on the 25-year no-interest home loan, plus home owners insurance.
Safe and affordable housing is a huge need on the Crow Creek Indian reservation. Dacotah Tipis Habitat for Humanity was founded in 1992 to ease the burden of a critical housing shortage on the Crow Creek Indian Reservation in Buffalo County, South Dakota.
The Crow Creek Reservation, located 60 miles from the nearest interstate, has a population of 2225 with a high unemployment rate. With a housing shortage and a lack of adequate housing, it is commonplace to have 8 adults and 10 children living in a single family house, which still only brings in a combined income of less than $10,000.00 per year.
Most of Buffalo County is made up of Crow Creek Indian Reservation and is one of the nation’s poorest county. Many homes don’t have kitchens, plumbing or telephones. The number of homes in Buffalo county without these basic services is increasing.
Dacotah Tipis Director Jim Huntley is a licensed contractor and has been building homes for 30 years. He knows how to make the dollars stretch but with no additional paid staff, his organization is completely dependent on volunteers and donations to complete the houses. A five-acre development on land leased from the tribe already has two houses completed and occupied.
Your help is needed for the work to continue.