Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

1201 SE Gateway Drive
Grimes, Dallas County, Iowa 50111

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority is a Public Housing Agency in Grimes, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of November 16th, 2019, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, and Story County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority serves Boone County, Dallas County, Jasper County, Madison County, Marion County and Story County but does not serve Knoxville and Pella.

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA) has Public Housing units in Boone, Dallas, Jasper, and Marion Counties. 

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, and Story County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Further Notice
Public Housing Open Until Further Notice

Open Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Open Until Further Notice: Boone, Dallas, Jasper, Madison, Marion, and Story County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open, since at least February 8, 2019, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download, print and complete the application on the CIRHA website. Scroll down to the link titled "Preliminary Application."
  2. Call the CIRHA office at (515) 986-1882.

For more information, visit the CIRHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (515) 986-1882.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/04/2019.

Open Until Further Notice: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority (CIRHA) Public Housing waiting list is currently open, since at least February 8, 2019, until further notice. 

Please note: The CIRHA offers has Public Housing units in the cities of Boone and Madrid in Boone County; Perry and Redfield in Dallas County; Colfax and Newton in Jasper County; and Melcher-Dallas in Marion County.

There are two ways to apply:

  1. Download and print the application the application online here. Select the "Preliminary Application" link.
  2. Pick up an application at the CIRHA office located at 1201 SE Gateway Drive, Grimes, Iowa 50111, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm CT. 

Once the paper application has been completed, it must be:

  1. Mailed to the CIRHA office located at 1201 SE Gateway Drive, Grimes, Iowa, 50111. 
  2. Dropped off at the address above, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

This waiting list has no preferences.

Selected applicants will be placed on the waiting list by date and time the application is received.

For more information, visit the CIRHA website here.

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (515) 986-1882.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 03/04/2019.

About Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

More information about Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority can be found on its website at http://www.cirhahome.org/.

Representatives of Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority may be available by phone at (515) 986-1882. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 02/08/2019, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority is either absorbing or billing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher port-in requests on a case-by-case basis. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority manages 909 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each:

Standard Homeownership Ported Out
Vouchers 893 4 12
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $411 $232 $794
Monthly Cost $366,676 $926 $9,530

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

Waiting List and Tenancy

According to the 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households database, the housing authority's voucher program has an annual turnover of 19% having issued approximately 47 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 4 years and 11 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 12 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.1 persons and has a household income of $14,302 per year. 99% of households were very low income (VLI) and 71% were extremely low income (ELI). 27% of households had wages as a major source of income, 2% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 68% of households had other income (Social Security, Disability or Pension) as their major source of income.

Heads of Household Characteristics

3% of households were headed by a person 24 years old or less, 45% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 20% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 31% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 5% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

38% of households included children, 9% of which had two adults in the household. 31% of households with children have a female head of household. 75% of all households were headed by a female.

17% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 13% of all heads of households being Black and -1% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Housing Choice Voucher program, 24% include at least one person with a disability. 49% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 41% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

40% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 37% with 2 bedrooms and 24% with 3 or more bedrooms. 18% of voucher recipients are considered overhoused, meaning they occupy a rental unit larger than their family size requires.

Rent, Assistance, and Utility Allowances

The average monthly tenant contribution to rent by Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority voucher holders in 2016 was $368 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $510. The average utility allowance across all voucher recipients is $101.



1. This Picture of Subsidized Households data field is the average wait time of those who received a voucher in the preceding 12 months. Due to special voucher programs like VASH, recent waiting list purges, or waiting list preferences the average wait time can vary significantly from one year to the next and it is entirely possible many current applicants on the waiting list have been waiting for assistance for far longer.


Public Housing Operated by Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

Cirha Public Housing

305 Greene St
Boone, IA