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

  • Construction of Valley Station Nears Completion
  • New affordable apartment project offers 52 units to house seniors 55+
  • With exterior finishes nearing completion, Valley Station, a new 52-unit independent senior living project by Community Housing Initiatives, Inc., is already drawing substantial interest from those travelling along 63rd Street in West Des Moines.

  • Construction of Valley Station Nears Completion
  • Spotlight on Bank of America
  • PCHTF thanks donors for their continued support
  • Welcome to a new monthly feature designed to shine a light on the funders who are helping make a brighter future for affordable housing in central Iowa. First up - Bank of America. For eight years Bank of America has provided corporate donations totaling $167,000 in total grant funding to help low-income households obtain and retain affordable housing units.

  • Spotlight on Bank of America
  • Elisabeth Buck Has the Floor
  • From campus to community - making an impact
  • Funny how this one line within an impressive, lengthy bio jumped off the page:  Student body president of Iowa State University.  What kind of career does someone of that caliber choose later in life - after serving two Iowa governors as deputy chief of staff and Director of Iowa Workforce Development? 

    As it turns out, chief community impact officer for United Way of Central Iowa

    Elisabeth Buck is responsible for leading the mobilization for reaching community Goals for 2020 in the focus areas of Education, Income and Health.  All areas directly or indirectly affected by access to affordable housing.

    United Way, along with the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines and Polk County, funded Housing Tomorrow, central Iowa’s first regional plan for affordable housing, and a subset of The Tomorrow Plan, of which Elisabeth is a Team Tomorrow member.

  • Elisabeth Buck Has the Floor