The Department of Social Services (DSS) Independent Living Program is now set to receive over $1.5 million of federal COVID-19 pandemic funding. The DSS intends to use the funds to support young adults currently or formerly in foster care, by allocating money towards financial assistance for people who leave foster care during the pandemic. This financial assistance may apply to young people transitioning out of foster care between October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2021.
Young adults’ eligibility for foster care financial assistance will be based on their individual needs. Any young adult who believes they may be eligible for the DSS foster care funds should contact a Community Resource Person (CRP) at one of three regional Lutheran Social Services (LSS) offices across South Dakota.
For more information call 605.791.6733 or visit the Independent Living Program webpage.