Polk County Housing Trust Fund
Issue: December 2015

The Board and staff of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season! We are thankful for your continued support of affordable housing, and we look forward to another year of helping create safe, stable, and affordable homes for Central Iowans in 2016.

More Affordable Housing News
New Initiative to Raise 20,000 from Poverty
OpportUNITY Initiative brings together new partners
PCHTF is proud to be one of more than 150 partners in the OpportUNITY Initiative, a new collaboration to raise 20,000 Central Iowans from poverty. Launched by United Way of Central Iowa last year, the group reconvened in November to finalize a new plan to meet this ambitious goal. Read more about the plan in United Way of Central Iowa President Mary Sellers' editorial in the Des Moines Register by clicking below.

Opening Doors From Homelessness to Hope
Watch a new video to hear inspiring local stories
Opening Doors is an annual celebration recognizing Central Iowans who have overcome homelessness. Proceeds support the Dean Wright Fund, which will offer housing assistance to those who do not qualify for existing programs. At this year's event on November 18, organizers released this new video that shares the stories of last year's Opening Doors award winners. Watch it at the link below to hear the inspiring stories of local individuals who have built new lives after experiencing homelessness.

Kelly Huntsman Has the Floor
Celebrating 1 year of connecting homeless with homes
A refugee family makes the 1,200 miles drive from Utah to Iowa to be near people from their home country of Ethiopia. The mother, father and three children spend their first night in Des Moines sleeping in their car. By the third night they have housing. A few weeks later, their oldest son is enrolled in an area high school. Several months later, their youngest child's health issues have been resolved. Today, the family is happy and proud to call Des Moines home. This is just one of the 336 stories  Primary Health Care  will celebrate this month as we mark the first anniversary of our Centralized Intake system.

Powerful Information
Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines to host annual meeting
Join PCHTF at the  Age-Friendly Greater Des Moines Annual Report to the Community, to be held Friday, December 18 at 7:30 AM at Des Moines University's Olsen Medical Education Center. The meeting is an opportunity to learn more about efforts to make Central Iowa a better place to live, work, and play for people of all ages. RSVP for this free event here!
Help improve DART Express services & win a $50 gift card!
Help our friends at DART improve their Express services to better meet your travel needs and you'll have a chance to win a $50 Orchestrate Hospitality restaurant gift card. All you have to do is click here and take a quick survey. Don't delay - the survey ends December 18!
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