Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, IA

There are two waiting lists open now offered by Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency.

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Waiting Lists

Waiting ListStatus
Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Open Until Application Limit
Highland Park Plaza, Oak Park Plaza, Eastview Manor and Southview Manor Senior Public Housing Open Until Further Notice
Polk County, Iowa Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Closed
Royal View Manor Public Housing Closed
2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Closed

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency offers the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV), Public Housing, Family Self-Sufficiency and Emergency Housing Voucher (EHV) programs in Polk County.

Go to the Iowa Section 8 Waiting Lists page or the Iowa Public Housing Waiting Lists page for more nearby housing applications.

Open Until Application Limit: Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA) Mainstream Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is currently open.

The DMMHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from December 7, 2020 at 8:00 am, until further notice.

Please note: This waiting list is only open for the mainstream preference.

To apply during the opening period, Contact the Centralized Intake at Primary Health Care, located at 1200 University Ave. #110A, Des Moines, IA 50314, or HUD Funded Permanent Supportive Housing or Rapid Rehousing provider for more information on how to apply.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Be a non-elderly person (under the age of 62) with a disability and;
  • Previously experienced homelessness and;
  • Be a current client in a HUD funded permanent supportive housing or rapid rehousing program.

It is not known how applicants will be placed on the waiting list.

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DMMHA on November 17, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Polk County, Iowa.

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 11/17/2022.

Open Until Further Notice: Highland Park Plaza, Oak Park Plaza, Eastview Manor and Southview Manor Senior Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Public Housing waiting list for 1-Bedroom apartments at Highland Park Plaza, Oak Park Plaza, Eastview Manor and Southview Manor is currently open. 

The DMMHA is accepting applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 13, 2022, until further notice.

There are two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application here.
  2. Pick up the application from the DMMHA's administrative office, located at 2309 Euclid Avenue Des Moines, Iowa 50310.

Once the application is completed, it must be returned DMMHA's administrative office, address mentioned above.

This waiting list has the following preferences:

  • Victim of physical violence; Victim of hate crime; Victim of natural disaster; Involuntarily displaced; Working.

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

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DMMHA on May 13, 2022.

Service Area

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

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 11/17/2022.

Closed: Polk County, Iowa Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA) Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher waiting list is closed.

The DMMHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from November 17, 2022, until November 18, 2022.

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

Preferences have not yet been confirmed.

4,500 applicants were placed on the waiting list by random lottery.

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DMMHA public notice on November 17, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance in Polk County, Iowa.

Last Updated on 11/18/2022.

Closed: Royal View Manor Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Public Housing waiting list for Efficiency and 1-Bedroom apartments at Royal View Manor is closed.

The DMMHA last accepted applications for this waiting list from the earliest confirmed date of May 12, 2022, until May 31, 2022.  There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

There were two ways to apply during the opening period:

  1. Print the paper application.
  2. Pick up the application from the DMMHA's administrative office.

Once the application was completed, it was returned DMMHA's administrative office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Victim of physical violence; Victim of hate crime; Victim of natural disaster; Involuntarily displaced; Working.

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

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DMMHA on May 12, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in Polk County, Iowa. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 05/31/2022.

Closed: 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom Public Housing Waiting List

The Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency Public Housing waiting list for 2, 3, 4 and 5-Bedroom apartments is closed.

The DMMHA last accepted applications for this waiting list until January 31, 2020. There is no notice of when this waiting list will reopen.

To apply during the opening period, applicants were required to print the paper application.

Once the application was completed, it was returned DMMHA's administrative office.

This waiting list had the following preferences:

  • Victim of physical violence; Victim of hate crime; Victim of natural disaster; Involuntarily displaced; Working.

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

For more information, visit the DMMHA website.

Sources: This information was verified by the DMMHA on May 12, 2022.

Service Area

This waiting list is for Public Housing rental assistance in Polk County, Iowa. Apartments offered through this waiting list are only located within this service area.

Last Updated on 05/12/2022.

About Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency

Office Hours

Open today from 8:00am to 5:00pm CT.

Day Hours
Monday 8:00am-5:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am-5:00pm
Thursday 8:00am-5:00pm
Friday 8:00am-5:00pm

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 2,752 active Housing Choice Vouchers.

The following table summarizes types of vouchers managed and the monthly costs of each as of December 31st, 2021:

Standard Homeownership Family Unification Tenant Protection Ported Out VASH Non-Elderly Disabled
Vouchers 2,405 8 79 30 58 104 61
Monthly Cost Per Voucher $443 $407 $573 $442 $953 $367 $390
Monthly Cost $1,064,941 $3,258 $45,282 $13,272 $55,279 $38,168 $23,793
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