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

  • Clark Commons Is Ready for its Close-Up
  • You're invited to an open house!
  • HOME, Inc. will hold an open house on Wednesday, February 25th from 3 to 6 pm at their Clark Commons Project. The project, which is 5 units of permanent supportive housing, is located at the southwest corner of 13thand Clark Streets (1303-1305 Clark and 1510, 1512-1516 13th).

  • Clark Commons Is Ready for its Close-Up
  • EPA Selects Polk County for Technical Assistance
  • Workshop will focus on equitable development
  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on January 27 that 22 communities, including Polk County, will receive technical assistance to pursue development strategies that support smart growth and sustainability goals and encourage local economic development. Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s application on behalf of Polk County was selected from among 121 applicants to the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. EPA staff and national experts will conduct one to two-day workshops in the communities that focus on the specific sustainability tool each community requested in its application to EPA.

    "Many communities are seeking EPA’s assistance to think through how and where they will grow – while protecting the environment and helping members of the community most in need,” said Joel Beauvais, associate administrator for EPA's Office of Policy. "Our Building Blocks program brings the technical know-how to help communities overcome the barriers to sustainable growth so they can plan for a healthier, more vibrant future."

    The agency is offering five tools this year: Bikeshare Planning, Equitable Development, Infill Development for Distressed Cities, Sustainable Strategies for Small Cities and Rural Areas, and Flood Resilience for Riverine and Coastal Communities. Polk County will host an Equitable Development workshop, which will offer best practices on preserving and developing affordable housing, and providing access to high-quality employment. A team of experts will provide our community with a better understanding of our needs as well as best practices to promote equity as Greater Des Moines continues to grow.

  • EPA Selects Polk County for Technical Assistance
  • Gunnar Olson Has the Floor
  • MPO's new communications manager talks housing
  • A small island on a remote lake could make a fine place to live – assuming you have a boat. 

  • Gunnar Olson Has the Floor