The Children's Inn in Sioux Falls is seeing an increase in numbers at its shelter.
This is due in part to the lack of affordable housing.
The Children's Inn Operations Director Amy Carter said this is an issue that the city and community of Sioux Falls needs to recognize and address.
"Affordability is huge and what we're finding is often times what's available is not something our victims can afford," said Carter
With the Sioux Falls Planning and Building Services Director Mike Cooper announcing Tuesday that the city has seen record numbers of housing in 2013, the number of affordable options seems to dwindling.
This leaves shelters like Children's Inn overcrowded.
"We are seeing more and more women with us and they're needing to stay longer and that does provide a little bit of an overcrowding situation. We're an emergency shelter and that was our intention to be that but we also don't want people to not have a safe place to go when they leave here," said Carter.
The Sioux Falls Planning and Building Services Director Mike Cooper said as we continue to see the population grow in Sioux Falls, there will be increasing demands for social services.
"That's going to take a special look at funding availability programs through the state, through the city that can put together these financing packages to get those rents down to where they need to be," said Mike Cooper.
Carter said Sioux Falls needs more affordable housing. It can take years to get onto subsidized low income housing lists.
"We need assistance to get people into that housing so that one time rent and deposit that sometimes all a person needs to get started and get over that hump if you will until they get their next paycheck," said Carter.