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Affordable Housing Week

Here's a look back at our 2023 events

Each April, the Trust Fund hosts a special series of events to bring awareness and action to important housing topics in Central Iowa.  You can learn more about this year's events, including a series of fair housing proclamations, a celebration of the 55th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, the Student Design Challenge, Landlord Forum, and Affordable Housing Week Symposium.

Honoring April as Fair Housing Month

The cities of Des Moines, Ankeny, West Des Moines, and Urbandale along with Polk County issued proclamations honoring April as Fair Housing Month. This action marks the 55th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act that banned discrimination in the sale, rental, and financing of housing nationwide.

The audience watches a video presentation during Raising the Roof to Celebrate Fair Housing.

Raising the Roof to Celebrate Fair Housing

This special event honored the 55th anniversary of the federal Fair Housing Act and recognized local organizations working to realize the vision of fair housing opportunity for all.


Student Design Challenge

Local high school students engaged in a friendly competition to design an affordable housing solution in pursuit of scholarship funds. This event was presented by ASK Studio.

Alyssa Adcock (right) of Ankeny High School was this year's top prize winner. She is shown with her instructor Mark Schmidt.

Landlord Forum

This year's free educational event for property owners and managers focused on fair and inclusive housing practices. This event was presented by City of Des Moines Civil and Human Rights.


Business Record Commercial Real Estate Forum

At this year’s Commercial Real Estate Forum, the Trust Fund issued a call to action on local zoning and land use policies to boost housing supply. Although this is not a Trust Fund event, we are proud to have served as a sponsor for several years.



Affordable Housing Week Symposium


If we want housing in our community to be more affordable, we need to reduce barriers and adopt policies to increase the supply and diversity of housing being built. More and more cities are reconsidering their land use and development policies with an eye on meeting the demands of today's market. We explored how even modest reforms to policies and zoning—together with regional collaboration—open up new housing choices that are desirable and attainable for people and families across Greater Des Moines. This event was presented by AARP Iowa.


Here's our photo gallery from this year's events

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