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What community in Des Moines looks like

Updated: May 8, 2023

Oakridge Neighborhood provides affordable, quality housing coupled with supportive service programs for residents and others in the community.

Located in the heart of the city just north of Methodist Hospital, the community is home to 1,000 residents, 72% of whom are immigrants and refugees. In total the Oakridge Neighborhood brings together people from 22 countries speaking 21 languages in Des Moines’ urban core.

Oakridge is unique in its ability to provide for the needs of low-income and refugee families through government-assisted permanent housing in conjunction with human services, making it an integral part of the Greater Des Moines housing and human services continuum.

Oakridge has been called a jewel in the heart of the community in part because of its wrap-around supportive services that help residents build community and thrive.

Many of those services focus on kids as shown in this video:

At Oakridge, people are engaged in programs from morning to night. On any given day at the 17-acre campus, you will find kids attending preschool, people participating in workforce programs to boost their household wealth, families receiving needed medical care, and a thriving, close knit community.

Through these services, Oakridge is helping some of Greater Des Moines’ most vulnerable people succeed and thrive.

Learn more about Oakridge Neighborhood at

This week, the Polk County Housing Trust Fund is sharing stories about some of our provider partners working to ensure housing opportunity for all. Make sure you sign up for e-mail updates to stay in touch when we share more stories like these.


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