Funding to build & improve housing and services

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund allocates funds to organizations working to increase the supply and quality of affordable housing in Polk County, Iowa.

Here you can find information about funds for housing development as well as programs and supportive services for people who need housing.

Please note these funds are not available for individuals. If you are an individual who needs help with your housing, see our community resource page.

Housing Development

2023 Housing Allocation Plan

Funds for most of our programs are allocated according to our housing allocation plan. You can download the plan here.

You will also want to download the 2022 guide to rents and household incomes that apply under our development programs.

Development funding programs

Owner occupied repair

For nonprofits and local governments to sustain affordability and vitality while maintaining safe & environmentally healthy housing stock. Applications are due November 8, 2022 by 3:00 pm.

Pre-development technical assistance

Support affordable housing, planing, and facilitate organizations that sponsor such housing.

Capacity building

Programs that produce or preserve units.

2022 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Special Allocation

On April 5, 2022, the Polk County Board of Supervisors approved a package of housing investments using federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds including $12 million in capital funds to develop and improve multifamily housing. 


This program supports the acquisition, conversion and/or construction of permanent multi-family housing with an emphasis on supportive housing for underserved populations (homeless, re-entry, senior, households with children). Supportive housing services should target lifestyle intervention with options for education and workforce training.

Program & Supportive Services Funds

The purpose of this program is to bridge the gap between affordable housing and families in our community by funding programs and services that improve resident stability and self-sufficiency and lead to successful housing outcomes. 

The funds distributed through this program come from private gifts made by businesses, organizations, and individuals through our Stable, Steady Strong investment campaign.