Before & After

CHI opens Capitol City Duplexes in Des Moines

Before & After

Rehabilitation project features 16 units of affordable housing in metro

DES MOINES, IA — Community Housing Initiatives, Inc. (CHI), along with its partners, Midwest Housing Equity Group (MHEG), Polk County Housing Trust Fund (PCHTF), Iowa Finance Authority (IFA) and the City of Des Moines celebrated the grand opening and ribbon cutting of Capitol City Duplexes on Nov. 19 in Des Moines. The 16 units of affordable housing are located at six properties in the metro area.

“Capitol City Duplexes is a good example of CHI’s strategy to use rehabilitation as a tool to both preserve or create affordable housing and to revitalize neighborhoods,” said Doug LaBounty, president of CHI. “Completing multiple projects like Capitol City in targeted areas over a period of years can be a catalyst for other public and private revitalization activities.”

The City of Des Moines constructed and owned the buildings for several years as public housing units prior to selling them to CHI for renovation. The units are located at East Creston, Emma Avenue, East Leach Avenue, SE 11th, SW 12th Street and Ninth Street in Des Moines. The project has two, one-bedroom units ($510) and 14, two-bedroom units ($610). Each duplex has a computer with Internet access, geothermal heating and air conditioning, and yard work and snow removal is included.

This is the 14th project that MHEG has partnered with CHI on. The PCHTF has provided nearly $1.2 million in support for projects and services of CHI.

“Midwest Housing Equity Group is again proud to partner with Community Housing Initiatives, this time on the Capitol City Duplexes project,” said John Wiechmann, president and CEO of MHEG. “Every family deserves a safe, decent and affordable place to live — a place to truly call home. Thanks to CHI’s hard work, this project will provide homes to 16 well-deserving families.”

Eric Burmeister, executive director of the PCHTF, also believes the future is bright for the Capitol City Duplexes project.  “CHI has done a great job of helping to fill a gap in the area’s inventory of affordable housing units,” Burmeister said. “These renovated duplexes offer large outside spaces that families can use for recreational activities, and they are within walking distance of neighborhood schools and public transportation. Now 50 years old, the renovated units are ready to serve the community for many more years to come.”

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