Vicki Facto has the Floor
PCHTF Board Members talk about Affordable Housing
Each month a PCHTF Board Member will share their commitment to Affordable Housing. The first in this series is offered by our board chair.
I’d like to say I’m a life-long resident of Des Moines, but I actually came here when I was two months old from Evanston, Illinois in a 1965 Mustang. My adoptive parents were from Des Moines and I grew up loving this community and the many opportunities it provides.
Somewhere along the way I became aware that not all people are blessed with their basic needs met, and more specifically, how difficult it can be to find safe, stable and affordable housing. That’s in part why I became involved with the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.
My years on the Development Committee and Board of PCHTF have proven to be more rewarding than I imagined possible. The dedication of the employees and volunteers working in concert with Provider Partners* is something I am very proud to be a part of. Seeing people, especially families with children, have their hopes and dreams realized by moving into a decent living space they can call home is incredible.
As a banker of almost 25 years I have also seen firsthand how financial hardships can come out of the blue. The need for affordable housing and assistance is growing in Polk County and why we frame our purpose in terms of Basic Needs and Powerful Solutions. Housing is absolutely a basic need and core for the stability of a family and the safety and vibrancy of our communities. There is also interdependence with other key endeavors by the United Way of Central Iowa and the recently promoted Healthy Iowa initiative.
Safe, stable and affordable housing can transform a family, a neighborhood and a community. That is why this “almost life-long resident” feels so strongly about the role of PCHTF and working to ensure housing is part of creating growing and thriving communities in Polk County.
Victoria H. Facto, Chair
HOME, Inc., Anawim Housing, Hawthorn Hill/The Home Connection, Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity, Community Housing Initiatives
Vice President of Commercial Lender Commercial Banking, Bankers Trust
Vicki Facto joined the Bankers Trust commercial lending team in 2006. She has worked in the banking industry in the Des Moines area for 23 years in a variety of roles, including commercial loan operations, training and commercial real estate lending.
She currently serves on the boards of directors of a variety of charitable and non-profit organizations, including the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, HOME, Inc., and the Addam C. Medina Foundation.
Facto attended the University of Iowa.