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.
- Record Allocation for the PCHTF
- Over $2.5 million to make housing affordable in 2014/15
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s Board of Directors adopted a budget at its annual public meeting on June 6 that allocates $2.562 million to affordable housing inventory development, preservation and supportive services in Polk County. The record allocation was due in part to an increase in funding available from the State Housing Trust Fund, administered by the Iowa Finance Authority.
- Can They Be Your Neighbors?
- Maybe if they share their winnings...
Joe Schaefer and his wife Carol couldn’t believe the prizes they won as part of the first-ever Neighborhood Passport drawing July 26. Presented at the final Jazz in July event of the season, the grand prize was valued at over $500 and included certificates and passes from over 15 different neighborhood businesses and area attractions. Attendees simply needed to visit the Polk County Housing Trust Fund table and have their Passport stamped to be eligible. Loyal attendees of the Jazz in July series received one raffle ticket for each stamp in their passport at the final concert in West Glen.
In talking with Joe we learned that Carol is a piano teacher and he has been a teacher for 51 years and is currently a senior lecturer in aerospace engineering at ISU. Joe said they been attending Jazz in July since they moved from Dubuque to Ankeny 15 years ago. In addition to the music, he said they also enjoyed the “Can I Be Your Neighbor” handouts that shared the history of each neighborhood, the demographics of the people who lived there and seeing how someone with a particular occupation would fare in finding affordable housing in the area.
- Kim Poam Logan Has the Floor
- Neighborhoods thrive where art thrives
Culture, arts and…affordable housing. Strange bedfellows or a natural partnership? We caught up with Metro Arts Alliance Executive Director Kim Poam Logan following this year’s 32nd Jazz in July series and first ever Neighborhood Passport program to ask her that question. The discussion also uncovered personal insights that no doubt contribute to her passion in working to provide arts to all.