Safe, Stable & Affordable

A Midwest housing podcast produced by the Polk County Housing Trust Fund in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Friday May 06, 2022

In this episode, we explore housing subsidies, which are the public investments that make so much housing affordability possible in our community. We’ll explore some of the challenges of using available funds as well as the unique opportunities available today through special and emergency spending related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Participants in this session were Jennifer Cooper, Abbey Gilroy, Lisa Crabbs, Terri Rosonke, and Steve Eggleston.

Thursday Apr 28, 2022

In this episode, our executive director Eric Burmeister moderates a panel on housing stability recorded live at our Affordable Housing Week Symposium.  This episode is part of a series focused on housing supply, stability, and subsidy in Greater Des Moines.
Our panelists were Anne Bacon, Amal Barre, and Nick Smithberg. Learn more about the announcement related to Iowa Legal Aid's eviction deferral program at

Wednesday Apr 20, 2022

In this episode, we continue our series recorded at the Affordable Housing Week Symposium. Now, we focus on the relationship between public policy and housing supply. Our panelists share how small changes in regulation have big effects on housing costs -- which matters more than ever amid supply chain issues and rising prices in the market today. 
Thank you to our speakers: Jenna Kimberley, Carrie Woerdeman, Rachel Flint, and Lance Henning.

Friday Apr 15, 2022

In this episode, we bring you a presentation by author and housing expert Shane Phillips we recorded live at our annual housing symposium. Phillips is the author of The Affordable City: Strategies for Putting Housing Within Reach (and Keeping it There). In the book, he makes the case for more collaboration among housing supporters. He then provides a practical, comprehensive overview of housing policy which he breaks into three categories focused on housing supply, stability and subsidy.

Tuesday Apr 12, 2022

Each April, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund hosts an Affordable Housing Week Symposium focused on current issues in housing. This year, our keynote speaker was Shane Phillips, author of The Affordable City, Strategies for Putting Housing Within Reach (and Keeping it There). We followed up that conversation with three panels focused on Shane’s “Three S’s” of housing policy, supply, stability and subsidy. Audio from the event and more is coming soon.

About the Polk County Housing Trust Fund

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.

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