Find housing help
Here you'll find information about housing services and our recommendations for who to contact if you need housing help in Polk County, Iowa.
The Polk County Housing Trust Fund is not able to provide financial assistance directly to individual people or families, but we can connect you with others who can.
Review the topics below to find resources for your needs.
Find affordable rentals
Several local housing programs help people with low- and moderate-incomes, offering options like income-restricted apartments through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and various HUD-sponsored housing offering rental assistance.
For a comprehensive list of income-restricted properties and available rentals, consider using Iowa Housing Search, a resource offered by the Iowa Finance Authority.
Section 8 housing assistance
Securing a housing choice voucher (section 8 voucher) from our local housing authority can help you afford housing you find on the private market. 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.
Need help paying rent
If you are having trouble paying your rent or other expenses related to your housing, here are some local organizations you may contact about rental assistance.
Facing homelessness? Seek help.
Help is available to access homeless 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.
I expect to lose my housing in a few days or weeks
If you may lose your housing soon, here is a recommended list of actions you can take provided by the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Get help for home repairs
Several local programs can assist homeowners with repairs that help with health and safety, energy efficiency, and more.
Affordable home purchase and mortgage help
Consider these organizations focused on providing affordable homeownership opportunities and homeownership counseling.
For resources related to foreclosure prevention, you may also wish to contact the Iowa Mortgage Help Line.
Resolve tenant-landlord disputes
Good communication is key to successful relationships between residents and landlords. Still, sometimes situations arise where knowledge of the law or outside help resolving disputes is useful.
More lists of community resources
Our list of resources focuses on housing. If you don't find what you are looking for here, please consider these options:
HOME Inc's resource list covers additional housing topics.
Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa (RACI) offers a resource list for new Iowans. A particularly helpful part of this resource list is information for the Ethnic Community Based Organizations (ECBOs) serving Central Iowa.
The Des Moines Public Schools have a resource list focused on families.
A number of local organizations serving older Iowans or people with disabilities have teamed up to offer Lifelong Links.
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