For the last year, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) has been engaging stakeholders throughout the region in a discussion of affordable housing as part of Housing Tomorrow, Central Iowa's first regional plan for housing. A follow-up to The Tomorrow Plan, Housing Tomorrow seeks to address the concentration of traditional affordable housing options, encourage development near nodes and along transit corridors, and promote a diverse housing stock that will fit the needs of our diversifying population and allow our neighbors to age in place.
The process engaged key stakeholders including government agencies, developers, nonprofits, economic development officials, social service providers, housing agencies, and other interested parties through the creation of a steering committee. The planning process also included numerous opportunities for public engagement through open meetings and surveys distributed throughout the region. Housing Tomorrow also focused on engaging minority and low-income communities who are often difficult to reach in planning processes by working with local advocacy groups and holding meetings in low-income neighborhoods.
Housing Tomorrow acts as a tool to help our region’s jurisdictions address housing challenges as they may arise. This nonbinding plan offers policy recommendations and specific action steps to encourage the preservation and development of affordable housing options and to help low-income families overcome barriers to stable housing. This collaborative effort brings new parties to the table to engage in a conversation about affordable housing that will continue to raise awareness of our community’s needs and work to see them addressed in an equitable manner.
Housing Tomorrow is now live! Click the links below to read the full plan or executive summary.
Find out more about community housing policy here.