Polk County Housing Trust Fund Updates Related to COVID-19

Affordable Housing Week Rescheduled for October 12-17, Undesign the Redline Suspended

Polk County Housing Trust Fund Updates Related to COVID-19

DES MOINES (March 19, 2020) — In response to the growing concerns, mandated closures and event cancellations related to the spread of COVID-19 in Polk County, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund has rescheduled its 9thAnnual Affordable Housing Week from its April dates to the week of October 12-17, 2020. In addition the community tours of Undesign the Redline: DSM will be temporarily suspended.

Over the past eight years, the PCHTF has provided free opportunities to learn more about the critical role of safe, stable and affordable housing in creating a healthy and economically vibrant community for everyone. PCHTF looks forward to providing an ambitious lineup of events and opportunities to the public this fall.

Since it’s opening in January of this year, the Undesign the Redline: DSM exhibit has seen over 1,000 visitors. While the exhibit is temporarily suspended, PCHTF will continue to provide educational resources on Facebook and UndesignDSM.com to continue the important discussion of housing equity in Des Moines.  A public announcement will be made when tours resume.

While our county, state and nation grapple with how best to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, the PCHTF encourages our community to be especially mindful of our most vulnerable neighbors. While these include folks most susceptible to COVID -19 infection, it also includes those whose housing is threatened by economic circumstances beyond their control. A 2019 study from the Federal Reserve found that 40% of Americans would not be able to cover an unexpected $400 expense. At a time when restaurants, bars and small businesses are closed, our community must look out for those who are faced with expenses but no paycheck.  

PCHTF supports all emergency actions to protect our homeless population and those who are at risk of homelessness including measures such as a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures. These families need your support for housing now more than ever.