PCHTF and Urbandale Hosting Housing Policy Workshop

Join the discussion to help the city plan for the future

PCHTF and Urbandale Hosting Housing Policy Workshop

You’re invited to join the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, the City of Urbandale, and a team of experts from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities for a community meeting about equitable development in Urbandale. The meeting will be held August 27 from 6 to 8 PM at the Giovannetti Shelter in Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave. The meeting will bring together community leaders and a Washington D.C.-based technical assistance team to discuss what policy changes might be needed for Urbandale to provide attractive and affordable housing options for generations to come.

The workshop is the result of a technical assistance grant awarded to the Polk County Housing Trust Fund in January 2015. The awards from the EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program will provide assistance in five areas of expertise to 22 communities nationwide. The Urbandale workshop is focused on Equitable Development, offering best practices on preserving and developing affordable housing and providing access to high-quality employment. The workshop supports PCHTF’s work on Housing Tomorrow by starting conversations with our local communities about policies that can make housing more affordable. 

The public meeting is only one part of a two-day workshop that will result in a list of recommendations for the City of Urbandale. The technical assistance team will work with Urbandale city staff and local leaders to determine what issues are most important to Urbandale as it grows and how adopting policy changes can help them reach their goals. They will also use local data provided by Urbandale and PCHTF staff to guide their recommendations. Along with the feedback from the public meeting, this will ensure that local opinions are heard throughout the process.

Altogether, the workshop promises to start a discussion among local leaders about promoting equity in our region. PCHTF is grateful to the EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program for bringing national experts to the table. We’re excited to be the catalyst for this discussion!

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