Basic Needs | Powerful Solutions

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is the comprehensive planning, advocacy and funding organization for Affordable Housing in Polk County Iowa. Focused around these three core activities, the Housing Trust Fund is responsible for crafting the community strategic plan for affordable housing and leading its implementation. It is also tasked with helping the community understand the need for and benefits of adequate affordable housing. Finally, the organization is responsible for allocating community funds aimed at increasing and preserving the inventory of affordable units in the County and improving the lives of the people who live in them.

Latest News

  • Design Challenge Winner Has the Floor
  • Discussion with 18-year-old Nick Turner
  • As a child, this year’s Can I Be Your Neighbor Design Challenge winner, Nick Turner, wanted to be a weatherman. That changed in 8th grade after a science class weather unit left him feeling it was “too conceptual” rather than what he likes, things that are black and white.  His freshman year he discovered a better fit through a class called Introduction to Engineering and Design.  Fast forward a couple of years and he is now heading off for college with a $2,000 scholarship from the Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines thanks to winning the design competition that wrapped up Affordable Housing Week. We followed up with Nick for this column.

  • Design Challenge Winner Has the Floor
  • Art & More for Shelter
  • 6th annual Hawthorn Hill fundraiser a success
  • On April 16, Hawthorn Hill held its 6th annual Art & More for shelter event. The event is a fundraiser for Hawthorn Hill’s two programs that serve homeless families with children: The Home Connection and New Directions Shelter. The event not only raises funds for much needed services for homeless families but also advocates the need for supportive services and truly affordable housing for families in need in central Iowa. Three families that are currently being served by Hawthorn Hill spoke at the event and provided their testimonials concerning facing homelessness and working towards self-sufficiency. 

  • Art & More for Shelter
  • Spotlight on U.S. Bank
  • Longtime supporter has granted funds since 1998
  • The Polk County Housing Trust Fund thanks U.S. Bank for its continued commitment to providing safe, stable, and affordable housing for all Polk County residents. Since 1998, U.S. Bank has generously granted PCHTF with $54,000 that has directly supported our housing provider partners in their efforts to help low-income people find and retain affordable homes.

  • Spotlight on U.S. Bank