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

  • Housing Matters Symposium
  • Learn from national and local experts
  • PCHTF is proud to present its first-ever Housing Matters Symposium! This free event will feature Michelle Winters from the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing, Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba from Children's HealthWatch, and a panel of local experts who will discuss how housing relates to education, health, economic development, and other important factors in our region's high quality of life. The symposium will be held from 8 to 11:30 AM at Des Moines University's Olsen Medical Education Center, 3200 Grand Ave in Des Moines. Read more below, and RSVP to this free event here.

  • Housing Matters Symposium
  • Our first-ever Community Walking Tour!
  • Get an up-close look at affordable housing downtown
  • Come with us as we explore affordable housing in our community! This tour, one of two free community tours annually, will be co-sponsored by Capital Crossroads. This will be our 10th community tour, and our first walking tour! Bring comfortable shoes for a walking tour of affordable housing in Downtown Des Moines, and see how these units contribute to our economy. Group leaves at 9 AM, tour ends by 11:30. Space is limited, so click here to reserve your seat.

  • Our first-ever Community Walking 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 Home Builders Association of Greater Des Moines, and two runners-up will receive $500 scholarships from ASK Studio and PCHTF. Join us on Saturday, April 18 at 10 at the Pappajohn Center, 1200 Grand Ave in Downtown Des Moines, to see the designs and find out who wins!

  • Design Challenge