About Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority is a Section 8 and Public Housing public housing agency in Grimes, Iowa.

The Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority serves the state of Iowa.

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Waiting Lists

Public Housing Waiting List: Open Now

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.

Summary

  • What: Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Public Housing Opening
  • How To Apply:
    • Online Application at http://www.cirhahome.org/.
      • Note: If an applicant does not have access to the Internet, they can use a friend or family member's computer/device, or one at a local library.
    • Apply by Phone

Last Updated on 08/21/2015.

Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 HCV Waiting List : Open Indefinitely

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.

Last Updated on 03/31/2016.


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

As of March 31st, 2016 the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority manages 924 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Tenant Protection Ported Out
Vouchers 902 5 2 15
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $366 $215 $288 $871
Monthly Cost $330,581 $1,075 $576 $13,072

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.