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Affordable Housing Week

This inspirational series returns
April 15-21, 2023

  • Can I Be Your Neighbor Student Design Challenge
    Sat, Apr 15
    Des Moines
    Presented by ASK Studio, the Can I Be Your Neighbor Design Challenge is an annual opportunity for local high school students to design a solution to an affordable housing challenge.
  • Landlord Forum
    Tue, Apr 18
    Location is TBD
    Landlord Forum features resources, leaders, and ideas to help your property management business succeed. This year, our focus is on fair and inclusive housing.

Highlights from our 2022 events

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund with friends and collaborators from across the region thought REALLY big about creating housing opportunities in our community during this year's Affordable Housing Week in April.

Thanks to the community's support, this ended up being one of the most exciting weeks we can remember. These are just some of the people who helped make it possible!

Some of the most memorable moments: The Polk County Supervisors announced more than $15 million in new housing investments. Wells Fargo announced it is helping Iowa Legal Aid continue its important eviction diversion work.

The Can I Be Your Neighbor Student Design Challenge reached students in the West Des Moines Community Schools, Des Moines Public Schools, and Ankeny Community School District. Students created designs for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) a great way to add new housing in established neighborhoods that supports multi-generational living, and more!

Landlord Forum featured a special focus on mental health crisis intervention as well as information about how to serve residents who have unique housing challenges.

At the Affordable Housing Week Symposium, our keynote speaker, Shane Phillips, challenged us to work together to develop a robust, interconnected housing policy. Shane then traveled to Iowa State University's College of Design to deliver an additional talk about Accessory Housing Units to students there.

NEW PODCAST: If you missed this year's symposium, you can hear it on our new podcast.

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