Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

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

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is a public housing agency in Des Moines, Iowa that participates in the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, and Public Housing programs. As of November 17th, 2018, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency has 3 waiting lists that are open now or opening soon.

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

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency serves Polk County.

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Other Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Closed: Polk County, Iowa 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.

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 11/17/2018, it is not known if Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency is aborbing 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 most recent VMS report, Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency manages 3,017 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

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

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,662 7 79 26 40 144 58
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $424 $360 $558 $466 $881 $350 $369
Monthly Cost $1,129,186 $2,522 $44,061 $12,128 $35,229 $50,372 $21,407

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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