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Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, Polk County, Iowa 50310

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is a Public Housing Agency in Des Moines, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), and Public Housing programs. As of April 8th, 2020, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency has 2 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

The Scattered Site Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely. The Senior Public Housing Waiting List is open indefinitely.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency serves Polk County.

Waiting List Statuses
Waiting ListStatus
Scattered Site Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Polk County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Public Housing Closed

Open Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, some upcoming waiting list openings may be postponed until further notice. Visit the housing authority's website for the latest on its current operations, if one is available. If there is no information online, contact the housing authority directly. Due to a high volume of calls and modified office hours in most areas, expect a long wait time (days or weeks) for a response.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Website: https://www.dsm.city/departments/housing_services/index.php.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Phone: (515) 323-8950.

Open Until Further Notice: Scattered Site Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMHA) Scattered Site Public Housing waiting list is currently open, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific  bedroom size may be closed. This waiting list was last briefly closed when the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list was open for two days in July, 2018.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of physical violence; Victim of hate crime; Victim of natural disaster; Involuntarily displaced; Working.

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

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (515) 323-8950.

Next Steps

Learn more about what happens after the application is submitted.

Last Updated on 10/31/2018.

Open Until Further Notice: Senior Public Housing Waiting List

Please Note: Due to the decentralized nature of affordable housing information, the information about this waiting list may be out of date.

How To Apply to the Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMHA) Elderly Public Housing waiting list is currently open, until further notice. Waiting lists for a specific community or bedroom size may be closed. This waiting list was last briefly closed when the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list was open for two days in July, 2018.

To apply, complete the online application here.

This waiting list has the following preferences: Victim of physical violence; Victim of hate crime; Victim of natural disaster; Involuntarily displaced; Working.

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

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

Reasonable Accommodation

Applicants who need help completing the application due to disability can make a reasonable accommodation request to the housing authority via (515) 323-8950.

Last Updated on 10/31/2018.

Other Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Closed: Polk County, Iowa Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

How To Apply to the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Authority (DMMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently closed. It was last open for two days in July 2018; and before that in 2011, and in 2008. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.      

This waiting list had 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 were placed on the waiting list by random lottery, by order of preferences.

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

Last Updated on 09/18/2018.

Closed: Public Housing Waiting List

How To Apply to the Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA) waiting list for 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing apartments is currently closed. Applications were last accepted on January 31, 2019. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to complete the online application.

Once the application has been completed, it must have been mailed or hand delivered to the DMMHA.

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Service Area

This waiting list is for rental assistance in Des Moines, Iowa. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 02/10/2020.

About Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

More information about Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency can be found on its website at https://www.dsm.city/departments/housing_services/index.php.

Representatives of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency may be available by phone at (515) 323-8950. Unless otherwise noted above, applications will not be provided or accepted by phone.

HCV Portability Status

As of 04/08/2020, it is not known if Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is either absorbing or billing 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 HUDs most recent Voucher Management System report, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency manages 3,194 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following is a summary of the types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2019:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,786 9 108 44 37 140 53
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $441 $344 $596 $1,227 $786 $386 $369
Monthly Cost $1,228,199 $3,099 $64,372 $53,973 $29,100 $53,973 $19,569

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.


Public Housing Apartments Operated by Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

Royal View Manor

1101 Crocker St
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
Studio-2 BR

Eastview Manor

3700 E 31st St
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
1-2 BR

Disposition

3308 Kinsey Ave
Des Moines, Iowa

1513 Dixon St

1513 Dixon St
Des Moines, Iowa

South View Manor

2417 SouthWest 9th Street Des Moines, IA
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
1 BR
55+

Highland Park Manor Elderly

3717 6th Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+

Oak Park Manor

3400 8th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
1-2 BR
55+

DMMHA Public Housing Rental Units - Scattered Sites

2309 Euclid Avenue (Housing Services Office)
Des Moines, Iowa
Income Based
2-5 BR