310 S. Roosevelt ST
Aberdeen, SD 57401

+605 226 2321
fax +605 225 8220 TTY: 711

Mon - Thu 10:00 - 5:00
Friday - 10:00 - 2:30

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The NAHMA Educational Foundation is accepting applications for scholarships to be awarded to worthy student residents in 2020. This year will be the 14th consecutive year that the foundation has made scholarships available. The deadline for completed applications is 10 p.m. Eastern on Friday, May 15, 2020, Last year, over 70% of applicants filing a completed application received a scholarship. Go to nahma.communityforce.com for more information or see the attached flyer.
Eligibility for the program requires that an applicant be a resident in good standing at an AHMA/NAHMA affiliated apartment community and be either a high school senior with a minimum GPA of 2.5, a general equivalency diploma holder or a matriculated student with a minimum GPA of 2.3 at an accredited college or trade/technical school. The foundation will no longer accept applications from students in graduate-level programs.
The process requires applicants to complete the online application form, as well as provide two academic and/or professional references, an essay and a certification of residency in good standing form. A grade transcript through the fall 2019 is also necessary and is the only application component sent via U.S. mail to the foundation. All necessary forms are provided within the web-based application and no hard copies are needed.
Anyone with questions about the application process or the scholarship program in general should contact Dr. Bruce W. Johnson, NAHMA scholarship program administrator, at 215-262-4230 or at bjohnson@tmo.com.
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WOW!Thank you to the Aberdeen Community for support during these tough times. Today as part of the Small Act - Big Impact campaign we sold $212,000 worth of gifts. This money will go directly to the businesses during these trying times.
Thanks in part to our generous donors who paid over $90,000 in matching funds we were overwhelmed with the response and received over 8,000 in the first 4 hours alone!

Thanks Hub City Radio News - Aberdeen, SD for your partnership with this campaign!
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Notice: OFFICE CLOSED
Due to the continued concern about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), the office will be closed to the public until further notice.

Outside the front door we have change forms (all changes must be reported--loss of income, new income, etc.), security deposit applications and How To Apply cards for our programs. We have a drop box to the left of the door, so please put all forms, rent, etc in the box and it will be distributed to the appropriate case worker.

Staff will continue to work so if you need to speak with your caseworker, please call the office (226-2321). Appointments will be scheduled on a case by case basis and only if absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your understanding while we try to do our part to prevent further spread of the virus.
AHA Staff
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I have an application?  Is there an application fee?

Pre-applications can be filled out online anytime.  There is a link on the main page or under any of the properties.  Please make sure you write down your confirmation number for future reference.  There is not an application fee.

How do I get to your building?

The Aberdeen Housing Authority is located at 310 South Roosevelt Street.

How old do you have to be to apply?  Do I have to be 18?

It is a HUD regulation that you must be at least 18 years of age or legally emancipated to be eligible for Section 8 or Public Housing.

What is the difference between Section 8 and Public Housing?

The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program enables families to locate a residence with the landlord they choose as long as the landlord is not a relative.  This landlord must be willing to participate in the Section 8 Program and the unit must pass an inspection. Public Housing units are owned and managed by the Aberdeen Housing Authority.

Who accepts the Section 8 Program?  Does every landlord have to?  Can I get a landlord list from your office?

There are numerous landlords in the Aberdeen area who participate in the Section 8 Program. Please know that a landlord has the option not to participate in our program. A list of landlords who accept Section 8 can be picked up at our office.

Do you have emergency housing?  Where can I go for emergency assistance?

Unfortunately we do not provide emergency assistance.  There are a number of agencies in the community who provide emergency assistance.  A community resource list can be picked up from our office during business hours or there is also a listing under the About Us– Links/Emergency Help tab.

What if I don’t have a job or income? Do I qualify if I’m a single parent?  Do I have to have children to apply?  What if I’m a college student?

Anyone can apply for housing assistance.  Your final eligibility will be determined at the time you reach the top of the waiting lists.

How much will my rent be?

Your portion of your rent is dependent upon the income in the household.

How long am I able to receive assistance?

There is no limit of time that a person or family is able to receive housing assistance. The only requirement is that the person or family qualifies within the income limits.

Where am I on the waiting list?  What is the wait for Section 8 and Public Housing?  Why is the waiting list so long?

You can call our office at (605) 226-2321 ext. 1000 during normal business hours to check your position on our waiting list.  Unfortunately the waiting list for our programs can be quite lengthy.  The time on the waiting list varies depending on the number of people on the list, the amount of funding (Section 8) or current tenants moving out (Public Housing).

Why do I keep moving up or down on the waiting list?

Your placement can fluctuate due to new applicants, people with certain preferences (residency, elderly/disabled, families, domestic violence, disaster) or names being removed from the list.

How will I be contacted when I come to the top of the waiting list?

When your name reaches the top of the waiting list we will attempt to contact you via the United States Postal Service to the last address you provided us.  It is imperative that you report all changes in address, income and phone number to us immediately in writing.

Once approved for housing, may I add or remove family members from my household? When do I fill out a change form?

Yes, it is possible to add or remove family members from your household.  When a member change occurs the Aberdeen Housing Authority asks that you stop in to the office to fill out the paperwork.  We ask that you fill this paperwork out within 10 days of the change.  Adding or removing members of the household can affect the payment standard, so it is pertinent that this be reported immediately.  A change form needs to be filled out whenever there is a change in the household (new job, job loss, new member, a change in childcare expenses, etc).  If a new member or other changes are not reported, eviction and punishment can occur.