Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency
100 East Euclid
Des Moines, Polk County, IA

515-323-8950

Waiting List Status: Closed


The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last opened in 2011 and prior to that, in 2008. As of June 2014, voucher recipients are still being selected from the 2008 waiting list.

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8

Public Housing Projects

464

Public Housing Units

3,403

Section 8 Vouchers

Medium Low (250 - 499)

Public Housing Size

Large (1,250 - 9,999)

Section 8 Size

Combined

Program Type

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Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency
100 East Euclid
Des Moines, Polk County, IA

515-323-8950

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Assisted Unit Distribution What is Housing Assistance?

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency administers both a public housing and Section 8 housing voucher program. The housing authority owns and manages 8 projects which contain 464 affordable rental units. It also administers 3,403 Section 8 housing vouchers.

According to HUD, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is determined to be a Medium Low public housing authority, meaning it manages between 250 - 499 public housing units. Also according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the housing authority is designated as Large, meaning it administers 1,250 - 9,999 Section 8 vouchers.

Comparing the housing assistance distribution of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency between Public Housing Units (12%) and Section 8 Housing Vouchers (88%) to that of all housing authorities in Iowa, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency 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, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency scored an average of 93 points. The housing authority had a high score of 103 in 2009 and a low score of 48 in 2001. The average SEMAP Score for Housing Authorities in Iowa is 82.79.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency 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)

Latest Public Housing Inspection Scores What are REAC Scores?

Every public housing project is inspected every one to three years by HUD.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency manages 6 rental properties which have an average inspection score of 92. The scores for properties managed by Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency range from a high of 99 to a low of 79.

The highest scoring property in the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency portfolio is Highland Pk & Oak Pk and the lowest scoring property is Disposition.

To be a passing score a public housing property must have a score of 60 or more. 100% of properties managed by Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency have a passing score.

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