Basic Needs | Powerful Solutions

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is the comprehensive planning, advocacy and funding organization for Affordable Housing in Polk County Iowa. Focused around these three core activities, the Housing Trust Fund is responsible for crafting the community strategic plan for affordable housing and leading its implementation. It is also tasked with helping the community understand the need for and benefits of adequate affordable housing. Finally, the organization is responsible for allocating community funds aimed at increasing and preserving the inventory of affordable units in the County and improving the lives of the people who live in them.

Latest News

  • Introducing: Healthy Homes East Bank!
  • BUILD grant results in new collaborative effort
  • If a home is not healthy, its residents are far less likely to be healthy. In fact, housing has been called a vaccine. Over the last year, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund and local partners explored this idea and produced an intervention called Healthy Homes East Bank, to minimize clinic and hospital visits related to pediatric asthma in three low-income Des Moines neighborhoods.

  • Introducing: Healthy Homes East Bank!
  • PCHTF and Urbandale Hosting Housing Policy Workshop
  • Join the discussion to help the city plan for the future
  • You’re invited to join the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, the City of Urbandale, and a team of experts from the EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities for a community meeting about equitable development in Urbandale. The meeting will be held August 27 from 6 to 8 PM at the Giovannetti Shelter in Walker-Johnston Park, 9000 Douglas Ave. The meeting will bring together community leaders and a Washington D.C.-based technical assistance team to discuss what policy changes might be needed for Urbandale to provide attractive and affordable housing options for generations to come.

  • PCHTF and Urbandale Hosting Housing Policy Workshop
  • Lauren Johnson Has the Floor
  • Jazz in July intern reflects on her summer
  • When I get back to college and friends ask me about my summer internship with Polk County Housing Trust Fund, I’ll tell them I got to enjoy some the area’s best jazz musicians in some of our wonderful neighborhoods. For the past two months, I helped coordinate the Trust Fund’s Jazz in July passport program. Being a jazz performance major, I knew all about the music, but this summer certainly opened my mind to the importance of affordable housing.

  • Lauren Johnson Has the Floor