Supportive Service Programs Serving Thousands

See the results of a year of investment

Supportive Service Programs Serving Thousands

Since 1995, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) has allocated more than $7 million in community dollars for programs serving individuals and families living in affordable housing.  These programs assist people in retaining their housing and moving toward self-sufficiency. 

In the past year, PCHTF invested $450,000 in supportive service programs.  We are pleased to report the return on that investment:

  • 1,669 households (4,060 individuals) were involved in programming funded by the PCHTF.  74% of those households made less than 30% of area median income or about minimum wage, $7.25 an hour.
  • 385 households moved from homelessness to permanent housing.
  • 181 households increased their income by 20% or more.
  • 69 formerly unemployed individuals were placed in jobs at an average wage of $10.19 per hour.
  • 31 households became first-time homeowners.
  • 24 foreclosures were prevented and mortgages modified to make payments more affordable.

These same programs report long-term success.  Of the individuals and families participating, 974 were stably housed for over one year and 374 remained stably housed for 2 years or longer.

Results like these do not come easily.  Our region’s providers work hard to make sure programs meet rigorous outcomes and performance measures.  Those outcomes and performance measures are set annually by the PCHTF Committees and Board to address the most pressing needs of the community.  Progress toward meeting outcomes is consistently monitored to allow for any changes or adjustments necessary to improve performance.

Funding necessary to achieve these results comes from PCHTF’s Combined Campaign for Housing.  This annual Campaign to the metro Des Moines business community was started in 1997.  It complements the Trust Fund’s work to increase and preserve the affordable housing inventory in Polk County.  One hundred percent of the dollars raised are used to fund programs. Thank you to all of our donors for making these programs possible – programs that have touched over 4,000 lives in the last year alone.

At the same time we are excited to announce that our Board has chosen to fund 9 programs for the upcoming fiscal year. Congratulations to our partners that will administer the programs:  Anawim Housing, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, CommonBond Communities, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Hawthorn Hill-The Home Connection, Iowa Legal Aid, Mainstream Living, Oakridge Neighborhood, and Primary Health Care.