The national award winning Oskaloosa Housing Trust Fund (OHTF) was established by the City Council in November of 2000. The OHTF administers several different programs to address the various housing issues within the City of Oskaloosa. Programs of the OHTF include: down payment and closing cost assistance for home purchases and demolition of dilapidated housing structures.
The OHTF was a significant partner in the Grant and Lincoln Elementary Schools rehabilitation projects that were accomplished through a cooperative effort with the Oskaloosa Community School District, the City of Oskaloosa, Mahaska County Agency on Aging Senior Center and Community Housing Initiatives, Inc. This collaboration of entities created 30 new low-income elderly housing units, a new senior center, a neighborhood park and six affordable single-family homes.