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.
- Record Allocation for the PCHTF
- Over $2.5 million to make housing affordable in 2014/15
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund’s Board of Directors adopted a budget at its annual public meeting on June 6 that allocates $2.562 million to affordable housing inventory development, preservation and supportive services in Polk County. The record allocation was due in part to an increase in funding available from the State Housing Trust Fund, administered by the Iowa Finance Authority.
- Rebuilding Together in Columbus Park
- Park and neighborhood revitalized
Polk County, Meredith Corporation and Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines joined forces for the past two years in revitalizing the Columbus Park neighborhood on Des Moines’ south side. Volunteers repaired homes, installed playground equipment, and spruced up the Bellizzi MacRae American Legion Hall.
- Tracy Levine Has the Floor
- Home sweet home (and a new home at PCHTF)
For me, there is no place like home. It is the most meaningful part of my life. When I worked in the arts, we spoke of providing quality of life experiences so I know the importance of quality and affordability. Our homes occupy a pride of place in what we consider an acceptable standard of life. This is not only understandable, it is also natural. We measure our standard according to our surroundings. A comfortable, affordable home goes a long way towards creating the kind of setting everyone hopes to achieve.