PCHTF in the News
It’s been a busy fall at the Polk County Housing Trust Fund. We’re grateful for our friends in the local media who have placed such emphasis on the issue and opportunity of affordable housing in the Des Moines Metro.
“The same concerns are voiced by members of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, whose spokesperson, Lauren Johnson, said most cities around the country are moving to reduce minimum housing size limits. It's predicted that the next 20 years will bring an increase in low-to-moderate income families to the Des Moines metro based on the available jobs predicted. She said 70% of them are expected to have household incomes under $75,000.
"Some council members say Des Moines has enough affordable housing and it's time for the suburbs to offer their fair share," said the trust fund's executive director, Eric Burmeister, who calls on Des Moines to lead a regional strategy in response. "I find that offensive, to depict a group of people as a burden."
PCHTF Director of Communications and Community Outreach, Lauren Johnson, joined Steve Karlin for a segment on KCCI’s Sunday morning show, “Close Up”
Iowa Starting Line: Affordable Housing: A Workshop for Municipal Leadership
“Affordable housing advocates are making a case for municipal support to generally receptive local officials as a projected workforce housing crisis approaches Polk County.
Polk County Housing Trust Fund and Capital Crossroads, a group studying regional issues affecting central Iowa, presented their findings to city staff and current and prospective elected officials throughout the county in order to stress the area’s need for additional housing options.
"As we’re out meeting with your current elected officials, but mostly with your city staff, they’re really beginning to ask questions and come up and start to think about what they can do within their own communities to address this need,” said Eric Burmeister, Polk County Housing Trust Fund executive director, last week to a group of current and prospective elected officials from Des Moines, West Des Moines, Clive Urbandale and Ankeny.”