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Community Housing Resources

Know where to go for help with common housing situations in Greater Des Moines.

Start here for common housing situations

Here are some common housing situations in the community with information about who to contact:

Looking for an affordable rental home or having trouble affording rent

Many income-restricted properties in our community maintain rental listings on Iowa Housing Search, a resource maintained by the Iowa Finance Authority.

The public housing authority serving Polk County is the Des Moines Municipal Housing Authority. The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA) serves many surrounding counties.

Experiencing homelessness

Help is available to access services and shelter. For support, visit Centralized Intake at Primary Health Care, 1200 University Avenue, Monday - Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. For assistance after hours dial 2-1-1.

Need help repairing an owner-occupied home

We maintain a directory of assistance programs for homeowners that you can download here.

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Want to purchase an affordable home or having trouble affording a mortgage

PCHTF helps fund these organizations focused on providing affordable homeownership opportunities.

You may also wish to contact the Iowa Mortgage Help Line.

Addressing tenant-landlord concerns

We recommend contacting HOME, Inc. for assitance with common tenant landlord concerns. If you are facing eviction, you may also contact Iowa Legal Aid for assistance.

Protecting civil rights

Contact the Iowa Civil Rights Commission for assistance. In the City of Des Moines, you may also contact the Des Moines Civil & Human Rights Department.

In need of translation assistance

The Iowa International Center provides a housing translation service.

General Resource Directory

Organizations that plan with us to meet Polk County's affordable housing needs

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

Greater Des Moines Partnership/Capital Crossroads

Iowa Finance Authority

Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization/The Tomorrow Plan

Polk County

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

United Way of Central Iowa

Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines

Polk County Health Department/Healthy Polk 2020

Urban Land Institute Iowa

Homeward Iowa (Previously Polk County Continuum of Care)

Local Housing Providers

Anawim Housing

Central Iowa Shelter & Service s

Christ The King Senior Housing

City of Des Moines

City of West Des Moines – TA

Common Bond Communities

Community Housing Initiatives

Fort Des Moines Senior Housing

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Hawthorn Hill

HOME, Inc.

Mainstream Living

Metro Home Improvement Program

Neighborhood Finance Corporation

Oakridge Neighborhood

Polk County

Primary Health Care

Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines

South View Senior Apartments

Urban Crossing Apartments

Veterans Home Loan Program

YMCA – Permanent Supportive Housing Campus

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