Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority
1201 SE Gateway Drive
Grimes, Dallas County, IA

515-986-1882 http://www.cirhahome.org/

Section 8 Waiting List Status: Open Indefinitely

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List. This is what we know as of our most recent update on March 31st, 2016.

Please note: The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority covers the Counties of Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, and Story, IA.

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open. This waiting list is open indefinitely.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download, print and complete the pre-application on the CIRHA website. Scroll down to the link titled "PRELIMINARY APPLICATION."
  2. Call the CIRHA office at (515) 986-1882.
Important note: Applicants will receive a confirmation number when either applying, or being placed on the waiting list, depending on housing authority policy. It is important to keep that number in a safe, easy to access place. It will be needed any time when referencing your pre-application with the housing authority.

If any of your application information changes from the time you submitted the original pre-application (such as contact information, income, and household members), inform the housing authority immediately. In the case that the office sends a notice that does not get returned, or if application information is out of date, your name may be terminated from the waiting list.


For more information, visit the CIRHA website, or call the office at (515) 986-1882.

Public Housing Waiting List Status : Open

Affordable Housing Online is tracking the status of the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Public Housing Waiting Lists. This is what we know as of our most recent update August 21st, 2015.

The Central Iowa Housing Authority (CIHA) is currently accepting Public Housing waiting list pre-applications for families and senior/disabled households.


The CIHA covers the following counties:
Boone County offers units in the Cities of Boone and Madrid.
Dallas County offers units in the Cities of Perry and Redfield.
Jasper County offers units in the Cities of Colfax and Newton.
Marion County offers units in the City of Melcher-Dallas.

The CIRHA offers two Public Housing communities with 132 units for families and senior/disabled households.

There are four ways to apply:

  1. Request to have a pre-application mailed or faxed to you by calling (515) 986-1882 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm CT, Monday-Friday. 
  2. Email the CIRHA at circa@cirhahome.org to request a pre-application.
  3. Visit the CIRHA to pick up a pre-application, located at 1201 SE Gateway Drive, Grimes, IA 50111, from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.
  4. Download a pre-application online here, then print and complete. The pre-application is the seventh link down, called "PRELIMINARY APPLICATION."
Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above. 

No documents are needed at this time.

No preferences were noted.

For more information, visit the CIRHA website, or call the office at (515) 986-1882 from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm, Monday-Friday.

Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 2 projects which contain 132 affordable rental units. It also administers 1,008 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority is determined to be a Small public housing authority, meaning it manages between 50 - 249 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Medium High, meaning it administers 500 - 1,249 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority between Public Housing Units (12%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (88%) to that of all housing authorities in Iowa, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority has a smaller proportion of public housing units than the average housing authority. The housing authority’s proportion of Section 8 vouchers under management is larger than the average housing authority in Iowa.

Source United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (hud.gov, 2014)

SEMAP Performance What are SEMAP Scores?

Each year HUD reviews and scores the housing authority’s Section 8 program management based on 14 different criteria. This score is a reflection of how well the housing authority manages the Section 8 waiting list, the physical quality of housing assisted with Section 8 and the financial management of the program.

From 2001 to 2009, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority scored an average of 97 points as of the last set of publicly available data. The housing authority had a high score of 100 in 2003 and a low score of 84 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Iowa is 82.79.

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority has an average score that is more than the average Iowa housing authority. Higher SEMAP scores indicate more effective financial management, a smoother waiting list process and higher quality physical conditions at assisted properties.

Source President's Open Government Directive (hud.gov/offices/pih/, 2012)

Housing Authority Annual and 5 Year Plans

Public housing agencies, also called public housing authorities, which receive funding from HUD, are required to submit and receive approval from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development of both an Annual Plan and a 5 Year Plan. These plans establish each housing authority’s policies, strategies, programs and operations for meeting the housing needs of persons within their target area.

The housing authority plans include specific details about the cost of renovations to real estate (also known as capital improvements), changes to Section 8 HCV policies, planned redevelopment of public housing projects and other major administrative changes.

Following are the HUD-approved public housing agency plans for Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.

Year Date Approved Plan PDF Document
2011 8/10/11 Plan
2010 9/24/10 Plan
2008 8/22/08 Plan
2007 11/1/07 Plan
2006 9/20/06 Plan
2005 9/20/05 Plan
2004 10/22/04 Plan
2003 8/27/03 Plan
2002 8/30/02 Plan
2001 9/25/01 Plan
2000 10/3/00 Plan