Eviction Prevention

Update - August 27, 2021:  The United States Supreme Court has ended the federal eviction moratorium, but you can still contact Iowa Legal Aid (link below) if you are facing eviction. In addition, rental asssitance from IMPACT Community Action Partnership is still available (link below).

Update - August 3, 2021:  The CDC has extended a version of the federal eviction moratorium. If you are a renter in need of assistance, the lastest information can be found on this Iowa Legal Aid website.

In addition, emergency assistance is available - for a limited time - to assist residents who are behind on rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Access that information here from IMPACT Community Action Partnership.


At a time when being home is the best way to stay safe, thousands of families in our community are facing eviction because they have lost their jobs, struggled to maintain their income, or experienced illness due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  As of February 19th, The Justice Center Project has saved 1,017 households in Polk County from eviction, including 1,042 children and 1,373 adults. The Polk County Housing Trust Fund has halted these evictions by directly paying landlords the back rent that is owed.  To date the Trust Fund has spent more than $1,897,000 keeping families housed.   


The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on both tenants and landlords in Polk County as the economic downturn has cost thousands of jobs. In an effort to stave off a wave of evictions, Polk County and the Polk County Housing Trust fund have been assisting qualified households to pay rent and back rent. To date, the rent assistance program has assisted more than 1,000 households. This program has prevented homelessness for many of those tenants, including children.

Last fall the Polk County Board of Supervisors approved providing $800,000 to the Polk County Housing Trust fund dollars, who set up a table at the Polk County Justice Center to intercept pending evictions. They approved an additional $650,000 this year. Community partners, including Nationwide, Principal Financial Group, F&G, United Way of Central Iowa and the Disaster Recovery Fund, also assisted in raising substantial funds from the corporate community to keep this assistance available through the end of February. However, recently $14 million in federal aid was provided to Polk County and the City of Des Moines. These funds will be distributed through IMPACT Des Moines starting March 1.

The new IMPACT Emergency Rental Assistance Program will be key to preventing evictions in the months ahead. Features of the new program include:

  • Assistance with reimbursement of back rent from April 2020 to present.
  • Up to three months of future rent can be paid.
  • A total of 12 months of back rent and future rent can be paid for a tenant.
  • Utilities assistance is available.
  • Both tenants and landlords can apply for the program.

As the Justice Center program winds down, it is anticipated that assistance will be available after February 22 for tenants and landlords through IMPACT. Please visit www.ImpactCAP.org for the most up-to-date information.


Click below to see the demographic and location information for evictions prevented in Polk County. 

These maps were updated on January 31st, 2021. 

Our Donors

The Justice Center Project was initially funded with a $600,000.00 grant from Polk County and supplemented with $250,000.00 from the PCHTF.  

In recent weeks the following companies and individuals have stepped up to help fund this eviction prevention program and acknowledge that housing stability is essential to our region's well-being. Thank you! 

  • Bankers Trust
  • Businessolver
  • Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines
  • Disaster Recovery Fund
  • F & G
  • Kimberley Development Corporation
  • Koester Construction Company, Inc
  • Mid Iowa Health Foundation
  • Nationwide Foundation
  • Principal Financial Group
  • UCS Healthcare
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • Abbey Barrow
  • Brandee Blankenship
  • Cassie Bonefas
  • Sara Bowe
  • Ned and Micky Burmeister Charitable Fund
  • Emily Caropreso
  • Roxanne & James Conlin Fund
  • Linda Crabb
  • Diana Deibler
  • Angela Dethlefs-Trettin and Matthew, Henry, and Aggie Trettin
  • Janee Harvey
  • Joshua Hellyer
  • Harvey and Barbara Hirsch-Giller
  • Kathleen Hoard
  • Jacquie Holm-Smith
  • Tegan Jarchow
  • Joelyn Jensen-Marren
  • Lori Kauzlarich
  • Susanne Kennedy
  • Shannon Kimberley
  • Rick and Annette Krause
  • Chelsea Lepley
  • Michael Lipsman
  • Lohse Family Fund
  • Ashley Lunning
  • Cole McClelland
  • Tim and Sandy McClelland
  • Corey and Suzanne Mineck
  • Corey Morrison
  • Keerti Patel and John Haraldson
  • Belinda Pellegrino
  • Lonnetta Ragland
  • Bobbi Segura
  • Deb Shoning
  • Jim & Cindy Steffen Mackey

In the News

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund

Affordable Housing in Polk County, Iowa

The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is the comprehensive planningadvocacy and funding organization for Affordable Housing in Polk County Iowa. Focused around these three core activities, the Housing Trust Fund is responsible for crafting the community strategic plan for affordable housing and leading its implementation. It is also tasked with helping the community understand the need for and benefits of adequate affordable housing. Finally, the organization is responsible for allocating community funds aimed at increasing and preserving the inventory of affordable units in the County and improving the lives of the people who live in them.