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.
- Few Vacant Units to be Found in Central Iowa
- New report shows region’s low vacancies, rising rents
For the fifth consecutive year, rents are on the rise in Greater Des Moines. The 2015 installment of CBRE Hubbell’s Apartment Survey shows that affordable apartments in Central Iowa are increasingly hard to come by. Our region’s vacancy rate of 4.1% is the lowest rate in 20 years, pushing rents up to historic highs. The average monthly rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Greater Des Moines is now $796, up from $781 a year ago. For the first time, one-bedroom units are now averaging over $700/month, at $713.
- 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.
- Susie Osby Has the Floor
- Local group experiences Portland’s creative and collaborative approach to end homelessness
While reading studies and listening to experts can be helpful, sometimes you just have to go and see the challenges and solutions of another city in person. Recently Susie Osby of Polk County Health Services and Continuum of Care Board Member, and a group of seven other Des Moines area leaders went to Portland, Oregon to see firsthand how the community is working to end homelessness and provide affordable housing. It was a trip filled with insights, lessons and a couple surprises.