Mutual Self-Help Housing

The Mutual Self-Help Housing Program started in Brookings in 1996, with the first homes constructed in 1997. The Watertown project started in 1997, with the first homes completed in 1998. Since that time, the program has expanded to cover the service area and has assisted over 115 participants in building new, affordable high-quality homes. ICAP, as grant recipient and project manager, locates families interested in participating in the program and assists them in establishing their eligibility for a home loan from USDA-Rural Development. When a group of participants (usually 3 to 7 households) is formed, they all work together to build homes for all of the group members. ICAP contracts with a construction supervisor to work with the home-builders and teach them the various skills they need in order to construct their homes. In addition, ICAP has received funds from the Housing Assistance Council under the Self-help Housing Opportunities Program (SHOP) to use in developing building lots for participants in the Self-Help Housing program.

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).

Contact Information

Dana Whitehouse Housing Programs Director 601 4th Street Suite 108 Brookings SD 57006 605-692-6391

News and Events

Thursday, February 8, 2018

ICAP is administering the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which offers free tax help to participants whose household makes $54,000 or less, persons with disabilities and limited English speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals. Please contact your local ICAP office or dial 1-855-371-4985 for more information!

Give From The Heart Gala!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Give From The Heart To Heartland Gala. Thursday, April 5, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn South located at 5300 S Grand Circle in Sioux Falls, SD. 5:30 - Social and Dessert Silent Auction with Dinner and a Program to follow at 6:30.

Monday, November 13, 2017

NeighborhoodLIFT is coming to South Dakota! ICAP is proud to be part of the NeighborhoodLIFT program. NeighborhoodLIFT is a national program from Wells Fargo and NeighborWorks® America. It provides eligible homebuyers with $7,500 to use toward down payment and closing costs on qualified homes throughout the state. Interested? Visit our partner, GROW South Dakota, to learn more. GROW South Dakota