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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  • Educational Session
  • Learn more about affordable housing at our free event!
  • Immediately following the Business Record's Commercial Real Estate Trends & Issues Forum, Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Dr. Jane Rongerude, Assistant Professor of Community and Regional Planning at Iowa State University will discuss local housing research and the connection between affordable housing and economic development. Attendees will also participate in the first community visioning session on Housing Tomorrow, the regional plan for affordable housing. Join us in the Dallas Room at the West Des Moines Sheraton from 9 to noon on April 24!  Register here.

  • Educational Session
  • Community Bus Tour
  • Ride the bus with us and see Des Moines in a new way!
  • Join us for our ninth community bus tour!  Ride the bus with PCHTF and staff from the Des Moines Area MPO to see affordable housing options on the east side of Des Moines and Altoona, and to learn more about Housing Tomorrow, our region's first plan for affordable housing. Meet the bus at 9 AM at PCHTF, 108 3rd St. in Downtown Des Moines.  The tour will conclude by 11:30, and free parking is provided. Register here.

  • Community Bus Tour
  • Design Challenge
  • Check out local students' housing designs!
  • Students from five area high schools have prepared their best affordable housing designs for judging by a panel of architects and real estate experts. The student with the best design gets a $2,000 scholarship from the Homebuilders Association of Greater Des Moines, and two runners-up will receive $500 scholarships from ASK Studio and PCHTF. Join us on Saturday, April 26 at 10 at the Pappajohn Center, 1200 Grand Ave in Downtown Des Moines, to see the designs and find out who wins!

  • Design Challenge