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.
- What Have We Learned So Far?
- Burmeister reflects on community engagement
Staff is deep into the community engagement work of Housing Tomorrow. We have planned activities that appeal to whatever level of engagement residents might want – from simple preference voting for color pictures of housing types by putting marbles in Mason Jars to facilitated focus group discussions and multi-part electronic surveys.
- Angie Dethlefs-Trettin Has the Floor
- Foundations, Funding and Fishing with Community Foundation VP
If you spend any time with Angie Dethlefs-Trettin, you will quickly discover that early in her life she took to the world of community philanthropy like a fish to water. Apropos because she loves fishing and can fillet a fish, thanks to her grandpa. We talked about how she came to Des Moines, the investment made by The Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines to support the first Regional Housing Strategy for our area, and her “aha-moment” related to housing.
- Viva East Bank!
- A new coalition for neighborhood revitalization
People from all over the metro are joining efforts to transform three urban core neighborhoods. In partnership with the City of Des Moines, Capitol East, Capitol Park and MLK Jr. Park – collectively, the East Bank -- have recently developed neighborhood revitalization plans, creating action steps to enhance and improve their neighborhoods. The neighborhood plans speak to the assets of each individual area, but common threads opened the door for the three neighborhoods to partner together to make the plans a reality.