Wednesday, August 23, 2006

What I hoped to have today:

As a Fallon staffer, I have ties to a lot of people within the housing and homelessness advocacy community, so this morning's Register story about the closing of Paradise Mobile Home Park in Windsor Heights and its impact on the residents of the park struck me as a tremendous opportunity to raise awareness on housing issues and possibilities in the Des Moines area.

I've been chasing leads all day, but within the next few days I hope to have guest posts on this issue from:

Des Moines City Council candidate Joe Henry,
Robert Simmons from the Iowa Coalition for Housing and the Homeless, and others.

If you are in a position to offer some insight on this issue, feel free to email me at FFGKyle(at)gmail.com and we'll work something out.

KL

1 comment:

Joe Henry said...

Did you know that the City of Des Moines has begun a plan in which to help people transition out of trailers to other forms of housing which begins in 2008.

There also needs to be a way in which to get the public and private sector together to figure out how to build affordable housing.

I am surprised that Neighborhood Finance Authority has not figured something out, especially since they receive tens (hundreds) of thousands of dollars from the city for rehab loans. Loans should be made available that allow a monthly payment, ranging from $300 to $400 at a fixed 30 year rate to folks that would like to transition from trailer parks to homes with permanent foundations.

We have alot of vacant homes right now that people are trying to sell. Now would be a good time to initiate a program to make affordable loans that allow people with lower incomes to transition from trailers to permanent structures. The credit requirements would need to change too in order to facilitate these transactions.