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.
- Home for the Holidays
- Habitat welcomes four families to new homes
This fall more than 800 volunteers worked alongside Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDM Habitat) and homebuyer families to take an empty piece of land in Des Moines’ Easter Lake area and build four houses. The walls to the houses were raised at the beginning of September, and by the end of October, four hardworking families were able to purchase an affordable home.
- From Hardship to Hope
- Annual event celebrates those who have overcome homelessness
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund was proud to sponsor the fifth annual Opening Doors Awards Ceremony on November 19 at the Des Moines Downtown Marriott. Opening Doors: Celebrating Stories of Homelessness to Hope is a fundraiser luncheon that recognizes the outstanding achievements of formerly homeless men and women who have overcome significant barriers to find stable homes and achieve their goals. Proceeds from the event support the R. Dean Wright Housing Fund, a fund set up to help other homeless individuals follow in the award winners’ footsteps.
- Rory Vail Has the Floor
- Ankeny High instructor asked to share secret sauce for fielding most finalists
Many area high schools tout their winning records for sports, but Ankeny High School can also tout their outstanding performance in Affordable Housing Week's Design Challenge. Ankeny High students have consistently been top five finalists for this annual competition sponsored by Polk County Housing Trust Fund. Last year's winner, Christine Orlanes, an Ankeny student now attending Iowa State University, gives a lot of the credit to teacher Rory Vail, who provides an environment for students to do their best work.