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.

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  • Viva East Bank!
  • A new coalition for neighborhood revitalization
  • People from all over the metro are joining efforts to transform three urban core neighborhoods. In partnership with the City of Des Moines, Capitol East, Capitol Park and MLK Jr. Park – collectively, the East Bank -- have recently developed neighborhood revitalization plans, creating action steps to enhance and improve their neighborhoods. The neighborhood plans speak to the assets of each individual area, but common threads opened the door for the three neighborhoods to partner together to make the plans a reality.

  • Viva East Bank!
  • Meet Claire Richmond
  • UI graduate student works on thesis at PCHTF
  • Hi, I’m Claire. I am a graduate student at the University of Iowa, pursuing degrees in public health and urban planning. This fall I am happy to be working with the Polk County Housing Trust Fund on my thesis project, which will involve obtaining public input on needs related to affordable housing. I am interested in ways the built environment impacts health and well-being, and this project will allow me to explore health outcomes specific to affordable housing in Greater Des Moines.

  • Meet Claire Richmond
  • Steve Eggleston Has the Floor
  • Personal patience, professional push
  • I married for the first time last November – at age 57. You might expect I would take a position of good things come to those who wait. While that was certainly the case in my personal life, professionally serving in the Community Development and Affordable Housing industry, and with reductions in funding for these important endeavors, I am a big proponent of demanding more, planning for targeted outcomes and being intentional in what we do to improve our lives and communities. 

    My wife, after months of listening to me share the daily issues, policies and efforts of my work at the Des Moines Field Office for the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD), provided me this quote: “People will only do as much as you expect them to do, so we need to encourage everyone to do more than they believe they can or are able to do.”

  • Steve Eggleston Has the Floor