Housing Tomorrow Hits the Airwaves

Tune in for a series on housing in our community

Housing Tomorrow Hits the Airwaves

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund will host broadcast radio discussions as part of its Housing Tomorrow public participation process. Three half-hour segments will cover aspects of the Des Moines community impacted by housing, specifically transportation, childhood education, and neighborhood development. Tune in for the conversation on KJMC 89.3 FM the first three Wednesdays of March from 6 to 6:30 PM and learn how housing matters from the perspectives of three community leaders: Gunnar Olson of the Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Teree Caldwell-Johnson of Oakridge Neighborhood Services, and Emily Boyd of Viva East Bank! and Community Housing Initiatives.

Tune in tonight, March 4th, to hear Gunnar Olson tell Let’s Talk! Radio about transportation access and impacts in the Des Moines community. Gunnar is the communications manager for the Des Moines Area MPO, a regional agency that coordinates planning efforts among local governments in the Greater Des Moines metro area. Previously he was the spokesperson for the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) and a journalist at The Des Moines Register. He lives in Windsor Heights with his wife, Sara, and their son, Ellis.  

Next Wednesday March 11th, learn about ways housing impacts families and the education of children in our community from Teree Caldwell-Johnson. Teree serves as a member of the Des Moines School Board and as CEO of Oakridge Neighborhood and Oakridge Neighborhood Services, a housing and human services non-profit agency located in Des Moines. Prior to assuming her position at Oakridge, Teree held progressively responsible positions in local government across the country, most recently serving as Polk County Manager from 1996-2003. Teree serves on several non-profit boards including, University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Advisory Board, Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, Greater Des Moines Community Foundation and I’ll Make Me A World in Iowa. Teree and her husband Vernon, a retired non-profit executive, are the parents of two children, Baley and Baxtyr.

The final speaker in the series is Emily Boyd. Tune in on March 18th and learn what’s being done in Des Moines to strengthen neighborhoods through improved housing and community programming. Emily is a neighborhood engagement coordinator at Community Housing Initiatives. She works closely with three east-side neighborhoods, collectively known as the “East Bank” neighborhoods, to help implement comprehensive neighborhood revitalization plans. These plans have action steps such as housing development, promoting community programs available to youth & families, and repairing infrastructure. Emily’s role is to help connect the residents’ goals with appropriate projects, funding sources and other neighborhood champions. Under the umbrella of “Viva East Bank!,” several partners across Des Moines have committed their time and resources to making the East Bank neighborhoods the best place to live, work and play.

The radio broadcasts are part of the PCHTF’s Housing Tomorrow public participation plan. The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is developing Housing Tomorrow, the region’s first plan for housing. The plan will address the educational, health, financial, and environmental impacts of housing necessary for Central Iowa to grow and prosper well into the future. Learn more about the plan here, or take 5-10 minutes to take a housing survey by clicking here.