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Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity Home Preservation Program

The program can provide up to $6,000 in no-cost assistance to homeowners for a wide variety of home repairs focused on exterior improvements, weatehrization, critical repairs, aging in place, and accessibility improvement.

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Serves Polk, Jasper, and Dallas Counties.

What can the program do?

Home Preservation: Exterior painting, window, siding/trim repair, preservation landscaping, debris removal, tree trimming off of the house. Weatherization: Program offers BPI-certified assessment for extensive weatherization audit, including blower door & combustible appliance testing. Caulking, weather stripping, door sweeps, window replacement, furnace replacement, insulating (walls, attic). Critical Home Repair: Siding replacement, roof repair/replacement, gutter replacement, sidewalk replacement, plumbing, electrical, heating, emergency water heater replacement; Aging in Place and Accessibilty: ramps, widen doorways, bathtub cutouts.

Who is eligible?

Household income must be at or below 60% of area median income for the the applicant's county (80% for a veteran household). Appraised home value must be less than $237,500. Home must be current on mortgage and property taxes. The home must be owner occupied. Applicant must perform 8 hours of sweat equity service. Homeowners purchasing a home on contract are eligible if the contract is recorded with the Polk County Assessor.

What other policies apply?

Up to $6,000 in assistance available with a forgivable loan and deferred payment. Beyond $6,000 subject to statement of work and repayment options. Mobile homes up to $3,500 No up front costs, there is a forgivable and non-forgivable deferred loan are placed on the property An owner may receive assistance one time in a five year period. Repairs over $2,000 will require a deferred loan.

Where are applications taken?

Online at or Office at Greater Des Moines Habitat For Humanity 95 University Ave. Des Moines, IA 50314, or by mail.

Provided by Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity.

Use these buttons to browse through other Owner Occupied Home Repair Programs listed in our guide.

Individual program policies and guidelines are subject to change. Always contact an individual program directly for complete information about their rules.

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