PCHTF Announces 2017 Programs & Supportive Services Grantees

Over $300,000 awarded to six outstanding programs

PCHTF Announces 2017 Programs & Supportive Services Grantees

Everyone needs a safe, stable, and affordable home. But for many low-income people in our community, finding and maintaining a suitable place to live can be a challenge. Polk County Housing Trust Fund recognizes that an investment in supportive service programs makes the difference in helping these people successfully find and stay in their homes.

The Combined Campaign for Housing raises money each year to help hundreds of the most vulnerable people in our community. Over the past 20 years, nearly $8 million has been allocated to aid in services like homeownership counseling, case management, job training, financial education, and finding affordable homes, with the long-term goal of helping Polk County residents become more self-sufficient.

At its June 2 meeting, the PCHTF Board approved over $300,000 to six programs that have demonstrated their ability to help Polk County residents work toward a brighter financial future. Congratulations to these six funded programs:

·       Advantage Services, operated by CommonBond Communities received $37,500 to assist residents in their Bloomsbury and Stewart Park developments through afterschool homework help, employment counseling and crisis intervention.

·       Blueprint to Homeownership, operated by Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity received $50,000 to equip families for homeownership.  The households are instructed in issues of home maintenance and repair, financial responsibility and required to donate their “sweat equity” for the construction of Habitat Homes.

·       Home Connection, operated by Hawthorn Hill received $70,000 to increase formerly homeless families’ self-sufficiency through financial education, credit repair and employment counseling.

·       Permanent Supportive Housing, operated by Central Iowa Shelter Services, received $40,000 to assist residents of its 38-bed permanent housing facility in adjusting to permanent housing from homelessness.

·       Shelter + Care, operated by Anawim Housing, received $60,000 to ensure that disabled residents coming from homelessness achieve stability in permanent housing through intensive case management.

·       Transitions, operated by the Oakridge Neighborhood, received $50,000 to offer cultural and language skills, employment readiness and basic education for their residents, many of whom are new to Iowa and the United States.

These programs are offered thanks to the generosity of our local business community. While Polk County Housing Trust Fund receives public money to maintain and develop affordable housing options, we cannot fund supportive service programs without private support. One hundred percent of private donations received go directly toward funding these programs. Thank you to all the donors who make these programs possible, and to the hardworking staff of these organizations for brightening lives in our community.