New Homes for Public Housing Residents

From the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

New Homes for Public Housing Residents

In September, 2013, the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA) began offering newly constructed single family homes to Public Housing residents. Through the use of Replacement Housing Factor funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) the DMMHA initiated development of nine (9) scattered site single family homes (3, 4, and 5 bedrooms) to meet the demand on its Public Housing waiting list.  Additionally, this development effort was supported by a $100,000 grant from the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.

This effort involved meeting with individual neighborhood organizations in identifying the sites that these Public Housing units would be constructed on.  Through this outreach effort, the DMMHA received letters of support from each Neighborhood Association for this development.  One of the goals for the DMMHA was to establish separation for the construction of these homes with a desire to not place a newly constructed home within four blocks of any existing Public Housing units.

The DMMHA hired architect, Wells + Associates was charged with the task of designing the homes to meet the character of each respective neighborhood and the Agency hosted an open house for public comment prior to finalizing the designs.  The end result is construction of nine (9) uniquely designed homes that will serve the Agency’s low-income qualified families.

For more information about this project, please contact Doug Romig at or by phone at (515) 323-8987.

Click here to see photos of these homes on PCHTF's Facebook page.