There’s No Place Like Home

Friday, January 13, 2017

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Remember the scene from the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy suddenly realizes that everything she ever wanted or needed was always at home – on her farm – in Kansas in a community similar to our own here in South Dakota? When she clicks her heels and chants, “There’s no place like home,” we all know in our hearts she is speaking truth! Now before I get into flying monkeys, witches (good and wicked),talking scarecrows and (heaven forbid) cowardliness, let’s hang on to a ledge in that spinning house and hope we land on some good housing strategies that ensure there is no place like it – safe – sound – sanitary. The type of home everyone wants, needs and deserves to have.

In an effort to help folks in our area learn about available housing programs in our state, On Hand Development is planning a first-ever Housing Fair. It will be held in conjunction with the Miller Farm and Home Show on January 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in the Miller High School Library. The Housing Fair’s purpose is to help renters, landlords, potential home buyers and builders, homeowners who need to update an existing home, and anyone who may need help with housing problems, an opportunity to meet resource people from SD Housing, Grow SD, Homes Are Possible Inc, USDA Rural Development, Governor’s Houses, and Home Address Plus. It is On Hand’s hope that Hand County residents learn about the programs offered by these organizations and how they might be helpful in achieving that safe, sound, sanitary home.

And after the Housing Fair, On Hand will continue to make the journey towards finding solutions to housing needs and obstacles in the Miller area. Perhaps many of you will join in the conversation regarding housing and housing discussions. And just like Dorothy, I look forward to working with a team on this topic - - I’ll need those with various talents and insight, i.e. brains, good hearts, and of course bravery. Before too long we will soon realize that everything we ever needed was here all along and that there’s no place like it! (Click, click, click . . . .)

Category: From the Desk of Tammy Caffee