For many Greater Des Moines area employees and students, a car is a luxury. But their ability to get to work and school is essential to their future individual success as well as to creating a vibrant community.
Eric Burmeister, executive director of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund, works to ensure that all Polk County citizens have safe, stable and affordable housing.
“We know from our research that the folks in the community we serve are dependent on public transportation,” says Eric Burmeister. “For many of our region’s families who make less than $20,000 annually, the ability to get to jobs, the grocery store and doctor appointments is dependent on the availability of a robust transportation service.”
“Housing and transportation costs take up much of take-home pay for these families. When we can work together to reduce these costs, it gives them more money for food, medical care and educational opportunities for their kids,” says Burmeister. “The ultimate beneficiary are the folks in the community who then have additional resources to spend on things that are important to them.”
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