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Metro Home Improvement Program

The Metro Home Improvement Program is a collaborative effort of eight metro cities (Polk County portions of Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Polk City, Urbandale, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines) with the purpose to preserve affordable housing in these communities.

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Service area

Serves the cities of Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Grimes, Polk City, Urbandale, Windsor Heights and West Des Moines.

What can the program do?

Sump pump installation and connection to storm sewer. Basic structural repairs including to exterior walls, roof and roof structure, foundation, floor joists and ceilings. Building system repairs to electrical, plumbing and heating. Weatherization including insulation, windows, and siding. Accessibility improvements, including exterior ramps or improvements to bathroom facilities.

Who is eligible?

Household income must be at or under 80% of the area median income. Households with income under 50% AMI receive priority. Assessed home value cannot exceed $250,000. Property taxes and mortgage payments must be current and paid-to-date. The property must be owner occupied. The property receiving assistance must be the homeowner's primary residence. Home assisted must be a single family residence, condominium, or townhouse. Home being purchased on contract are not eligible.

What other policies apply?

Financial assistance through the program is in the form of a forgivable loan with a maximum of $16,820. (Minimum $500.) The loan will be recorded as a lien to the property, with a term of five (5) years, decreasing proportionately with the passage of time, bearing no interest. The loan only comes due if the homeowner sells the house in the five years following the time of participation.

Where are applications taken?

You can apply online or contact the City of West Des Moines for an application.

Administered by the City of West Des Moines. Funded by PCHTF and local cities.

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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