Updated: Jun 8, 2023
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF) recently awarded $689,528 in grants to 18 programs at local non-profit organizations through the organization’s Programs and Supportive Services (PSS) program. These grants bridge the gap between affordable housing and families in our community through programs that support housing stability, affordability, justice, and access.
“PCHTF is committed to providing housing stability for all members of our community. We partner with a network of organizations to provide resources and support where they are needed most, and again this year, the community helped us raise the total we could award to its highest level yet for the PSS program,” said Ena Babic Barnes, PCHTF board member and chair of the committee responsible for allocating funds.
The PSS funds PCHTF allocates are unique because they come from community businesses, organizations, and individuals through the PCHTF’s Stable Steady Strong fundraising effort. This supplements PCHTF’s operational funding and “bricks-and-mortar” development grant funds, which are provided by Polk County and the State Housing Trust Fund administered by the Iowa Finance Authority.
Thanks to the operating support PCHTF receives from Polk County, PCHTF grants 100% of funds invested through Stable Steady Strong out to local nonprofit partners who provide programs and services that meet critical needs in the community.
“We are grateful for the community’s help securing the needed funds for this work, which allows us to increase our investments where they will be most impactful—supporting equitable housing opportunity. While we have achieved so much, the need continues, and we will keep working with our supporters and the community so that everybody in Polk County has safe, stable, and affordable housing,” said Mollie Giller, PCHTF’s director of programs and supportive services.
To learn more about Stable Steady Strong and the investments it supports in our community — or to make a contribution in support of this program, visit our website https://www.pchtf.org/stablesteadystrong/ .
Updated: Feb 20, 2023
Applications for the Polk County Housing Trust Fund's Programs and Supportive Services (PSS) grant opportunity are open until March 28, 2023 at noon. Here's what to know if you're a non-profit organization thinking about applying.
These PSS funds support non-profit 501c3 organizations helping Polk County residents find safe, stable housing. Programs can support individuals earning at or below 80% of Area Median Income and support for extremely low income individuals (at or under 30% of AMI are preferred).
Grant recommendations are made by a funding committee and approved by the PCHTF board of directors. Applications are evaluated by the program's ability to help people find stable housing (defined as living at the same address one to two years or longer) as well as how the programs contribute to affordability, justice and accessibility of housing.
PSS funds are contributed by businesses, organizations, and individuals in our community who invest in our Stable Steady Strong campaign. You can join them by giving online at PCHTF.org/donate.
Full details about this funding program can be found here - as well as the link to apply. Applications will be open February 20 until March 28, 2023.
This blog post was updated on February 20 to reflect the fact that applications are now open.