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More Affordable Housing Coming to Iowa's Largest City

February 12, 2007


With the average home selling for over $160,000 in the Des Moines area, fewer and fewer low-income families can afford to buy or even rent. The Polk County Housing Trust Fund has just allocated almost two million dollars to organizations that will build reasonably priced homes or refurbish existing ones. Sheila Lumley, spokesman for the Trust Fund, says the rule of thumb is that a family shouldn't spend more than 30 percent of their gross income on housing.

"Where we are seeing the greatest need is for families who are not even making a living wage right now and who can't afford housing we would normally consider affordable."

Lumley expressed concern that the problem is more acute in Des Moines where a surprisingly large number of working families make under eight dollars an hour.

"Right now, we have about 20 percent of our workforce that earns less than eight dollars an hour, and it takes $10 to $12 an hour to afford market rate rent for a two-bedroom apartment."

Lumley says the two million dollars in development funding will create about 600 affordable homes in the Des Moines area over the next 12 to 24 months.

Dick Layman/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - IA