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Reflections on Housing Matters Symposium 2024

Updated: May 6

The crowd gathered for Symposium.

Housing Matters Symposium energizes Greater Des Moines’ efforts to expand housing opportunities for all. We lifted up opportunities for collaboration and policy change to overcome housing market challenges like rising costs and complex regulations. Speakers highlighted the needs of our most vulnerable community members and actions they're taking to help.

Symposium Agenda
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Resources shared by our speakers

Jenny Schuetz from Brookings Metro

WHO TV interviewed Dr. Schuetz while she was in town and you may view the interview below:

Dr. Schuetz gave an interview to Michael Libbie, host of Insights on Business the News Hour on News/Talk 1540 KXEL radio. You may listen to the interview here.

You may also download Dr. Schuetz's slides:

Schuetz Slides
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Dan Emmanuel from the National Low Income Housing Coalition

Learn more about the National Low Income Housing Coalition at

Dan helps to author NLIHC's key reports like The Gap which recently released its latest data summary for Iowa. (You can view the details here.)

You can also view Dan's slides from Symposium by downloading them below:

Emmanuel Slides
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Kaity Patchett from Capital Crossroads

Learn more about Capital Crossroads at

Joy Esposito from the Evelyn K. Davis Center For Working Families

Joy discussed her experiences serving low income clients who must often clear a variety of hurdles to pass through resident screening processes at multiple properties before they find a place to live. She shared examples from peroperties she had searched where the actual cost of moving in could vary widely.

A table showing barriers to screening residents face like employment history and eviction history, criminal and credit background and more as well as the varying fees residents may have to pay at screening and move-in.

You may download Joy's slide here:

EKDC Joy Esposito_Housing Symposium
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Learn more about the Evelyn K. Davis Center for Working Families at

Hunter Cook from Nancy's Place

Learn more about Nancy's Place at

Homelessness Among Individuals with Disabilities
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Nancy's Place Polk County Disability Report
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Dr. Nalo Johnson from the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation

Mid-Iowa Health Foundation is one of the organizations responsible for funding UpLift, the region's basic income pilot. UpLift recently released a helpful guide to local public benefit programs that can support neighbors with low and moderate incomes.

Learn more about the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation at

Shannon Draayer from WesleyLife

WesleyLife manages our community's Meals on Wheels program. Shannon shared with us the infographic below that shows the program's annual impact.

You can download the WesleyLife infographic below:

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Learn more about WesleyLife at


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