Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa
(515) 323-8950

Program Details

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is a Section 8 and Public Housing Agency in Des Moines, Iowa.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency serves Polk County.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Polk County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List: Open Now

JULY
20th
Polk County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List
  • When: July 19th, 2018 at 08:00 AM CT-July 20th, 2018 at 05:00 PM CT
  • Ways to Apply: Online Application. 
  • Applicants Placed By:  Random Lottery
  • Reasonable Accommodation:  Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority at Polk County River Place - 2309 Euclid, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.
  • Preferences For: Veterans. The Homeless. Persons with Disabilities. Those Terminated from Assistance Due to Lack of Funding. Referred by Local Assistance Program.  Learn More About Preferences

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Authority (DMMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting listis currently open, from July 19, 2018 at 8:00 am until July 20, 2018 at 5:00 pm CT. It was last open in 2011; and before that in 2008.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Persons with disabilities, veterans, homeless persons, persons who were terminated from assistance due to lack of funding, persons referred by local assistance programs (FUP or Shelter Plus Care).

3,500 applicants will be placed on the waiting list by random lottery, after sorting preferences.

For more information, visit the DMMHA website, or call the office at (515) 323-8950.


After applying, learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 07/19/2018.

Public Housing Waiting List: Closed

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMHA) has temporarily closed the Public Housing waiting list until the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list closes on July 20, 2018, at 5:00 pm CT.

To apply during the opening period, complete the online application here.

Once the pre-application has been completed, it can be mailed or hand delivered to the address listed above.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

For more information, visit the DMMHA website, or call the office at (515) 323-8950.

Last Updated on 07/19/2018.

About Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

More information about Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency can be found on its website at https://www.dmgov.org/Departments/HousingServices/Pages/Housing.aspx.

HCV Portability Status

As of 07/20/2018, it is not known if Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is accepting Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher portability requests for porting in. Learn more about porting Housing Choice Vouchers to a new area here.


About the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program

As of the most recent VMS report, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency manages 3,048 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

StandardHomeownershipFamily UnificationTenant ProtectionPorted OutVASHNon-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers2,691792273213860
Monthly Cost Per Voucher$413$429$553$423$994$339$348
Monthly Cost$1,112,123$3,006$50,862$11,417$31,792$46,776$20,879

Household Characteristics of Voucher Holders for Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

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 13% having issued approximately 225 vouchers in the past year. The average voucher holder has received housing benefits for 7 years and 5 months. According to the 2016 PSH database, persons who were issued a voucher in the preceding 12 months waited an average of 38 months on the waiting list1.

Income Characteristics

According to 2016 Q4 Picture of Subsidized Households data, the average voucher household contains 2.2 persons and has a household income of $12,456 per year. 98% of households were very low income (VLI) and 82% were extremely low income (ELI). 29% of households had wages as a major source of income, 3% of households had welfare (TANF, General Assistance or Public Assistance) as their primary source of income, and 61% 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, 54% were headed by a person 25 to 49 years old, 25% were headed by a person 51 to 60 years old, and 17% were headed by a person 62 years old or older. In addition, 2% of households were headed by a person 85 years old or older.

41% of households included children, 4% of which had two adults in the household. 38% of households with children have a female head of household. 73% of all households were headed by a female.

42% of all voucher households were headed by minorities with 38% of all heads of households being Black and 0% being Hispanic.

Of all households participating in the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Housing Choice Voucher program, 26% include at least one person with a disability. 43% of households with a head of household 61 years or less were headed by a person with a disability. 72% of households headed by someone 62 or older were headed by a person with a disability.

Bedroom Size and Overhousing

41% of voucher holders reside in a home with zero or 1 bedroom, 32% with 2 bedrooms and 27% with 3 or more bedrooms. 14% 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 Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency voucher holders in 2016 was $342 and the average monthly HUD expenditure per voucher holder was $522. 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.


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