Housing and Homelessness
1) Begin collecting data on the number of affordable housing units near jobs and other services.
2) Begin collecting data on the number/percent of the different types of housing stock (townhouses, live-work units, duplexes, small apartments, mixed-use apartments, mansion apartments, cottage housing and pocket neighborhoods, micro-apartments, tiny houses, shared housing, co-housing, accessible dwelling units, permanent supportive housing) in neighborhoods.
3) Support/lead work in the following three principle areas from the “6 Principles of Housing Tomorrow” (p.2, Housing Tomorrow Choices for a Green Greater Des Moines Executive Summary):
a) Our region will make strategic decisions about the location of new housing.
i) Encourage the distribution of affordable housing options throughout the metropolitan area.
ii) Build and preserve affordable housing in close proximity to jobs, transit, and services.
b) Our region will offer a variety of housing choices for our diverse population.
i) Use flexible zoning practices to encourage diverse housing types
ii) Consider the impact of subdivision regulation on housing cost.
c) Our region will foster a dynamic community dialogue about housing.
i) Design and implement a marketing campaign that compels the general community to advocate for housing.
ii) Use community engagement strategies to empower and inform populations impacted by housing issues.
4) Build out centralized intake for homeless:
a) Identify improvements and support implementation
b) Hold a series of meeting to create new process
c) Determine entry points
d) Secure funding
1) Work with DART, Central Iowa Shelter and Services (CISS), and other non-profits currently providing transportation to jobs, to develop a cost effective method of transportation from affordable housing to low-wage jobs that avoids duplication of services and fills gaps. Currently, CISS is a 24 hour operation and is willing to take on a centralized dispatch thus reducing overall staff costs in many organizations in the community.
2) Look into using the Aging Resources Model where there is money available to those who are eligible and need transportation. Individuals set up rides with neighbors, friends, co-workers and pay them from the ride fund.
3) Community funders purchase bus tokens to disperse to organizations to be used by people with low-incomes and without other means of transportation.
4) Encourage professional development for DART staff to build understanding of and how to be sensitive to diverse populations.