Affordable Housing In Dallas County
Iowa

41 Low Income Apartment Communities In Dallas County

Valley West Apartments

1800 36th Street
West Des Moines, IA
Income Based
1 BR
Subsidized

Quail Run Apartments

2902 Iowa St
Perry, IA
$436-984
1-3 BR
HCV Welcome

Hamlin Bell Apartments

2023 Willis Ave
Perry, IA
Call For Rent
2 BR
55+
HCV Welcome

Willis Avenue Apartments

913 Willis Ave
Perry, IA
Call For Rent
1-4 BR
HCV Welcome

Granger Apartments

2202 Broadway Street
Granger, IA
$505-590
1-2 BR

Grimes Park Apartments

240 South James Street
Grimes, IA
Income Based
1-2 BR
Subsidized

Sun Prairie Apartments V

6409 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, IA
HCV Welcome

Sun Prairie Apartments VI

6539 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, IA
HCV Welcome

Sun Prairie Apartments VII

6689 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, IA
HCV Welcome

Urban Crossing Apartments

875 SE Gateway Dr
Grimes, IA
HCV Welcome
Market Rate

There are 41 low income housing apartment complexes which contain 2,697 affordable apartments for rent in Dallas County. Many of these rental apartments are income based housing with 457 apartments that set rent based on your income. In Dallas County, HUD housing programs support 105 rental assistance apartments through programs like Project-based Section 8. There are 2,240 other low income apartments that don't have rental assistance but are cheaper than market rate rents.

Housing Authorities that serve Dallas County

Housing Authority Programs
Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV); Public Housing

Guide To Affordable Housing in Dallas County, Iowa

Dallas County, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 41
Total Low Income Apartments 2,697
Total Rent Assisted Apartments 457
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 23.41%
Average Renter Household Size 2.41
Total Population 74,892
Housing Units 27,593
Average Household Size 2.69
Median Household Income $76,320 ±$2,150
Median Rent $910 ±$36
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 35.01% ± 4.95pp

Population and Household Demographics

Dallas County is a County in Iowa with a population of 74,892. There are 27,593 households in the county with an average household size of 2.69 persons. 23.41% of households in Dallas County are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in Dallas County

The median gross income for households in Dallas County is $76,320 a year, or $6,360 a month. The median rent for the county is $910 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In Dallas County, a household making less than $3,033 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 35.01% of households who rent are overburdened in Dallas County.1

Area Median Income In Dallas County

Affordable housing program eligibility is always determined by one's income. Each household's income is compared to the incomes of all other households in the area. This is accomplished through a statistic established by the government called the Area Median Income, most often referred to as AMI. The AMI is calculated and published each year by HUD.

In Dallas County, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $88,000

Most affordable housing programs determine eligibility based on the percent of AMI a given household's income is. Among the programs that determine eligibility based on the AMI are Section 8, HOME, LIHTC, Section 515, 202 and 811.

Rental Assistance in Dallas County

Rental assistance is a type of housing subsidy that pays for a portion of a renter’s monthly housing costs, including rent and tenant paid utilities. This housing assistance can come in the form of Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers, project-based Section 8 contracts, public housing, USDA Rental Assistance (in Section 515 properties) as well as HUD Section 202 and 811 properties for elderly and disabled households.

Income Qualifications for Dallas County HUD Rental Assistance in Dallas County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% of Median $18,400 $21,000 $23,650 $26,250 $30,170 $34,590 $39,010 $43,430
50% of Median $30,650 $35,000 $39,400 $43,750 $47,250 $50,750 $54,250 $57,750
80% of Median $49,000 $56,000 $63,000 $70,000 $75,600 $81,200 $86,800 $92,400
Low Income Housing Tax Credits in Dallas County

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program aims to create affordable rental housing for low and very low income families.

From 1990 to 2012, 26 low income apartment communities containing 1,874 rental apartments have been constructed and made affordable to low income persons in Dallas County by the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program.

If your income is less than 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI), you should not expect to pay more than the rent value for a unit in the table below. However, Affordable apartment communities that receive funding through the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program may have rental units that are not subject to income and rent limits.

Rent limits for the LIHTC Program are determined so that a household making the maximum income for the expected household size of the unit would only pay 30% of their income for rent.

Income Qualifications for Low Income Housing Tax Credit Apartments in Dallas County

Income 1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
50% of Median $30,650 $35,000 $39,400 $43,750 $47,250 $50,750 $54,250 $57,750
60% of Median $36,780 $42,000 $47,280 $52,500 $56,700 $60,900 $65,100 $69,300

For example, the expected household size for a two bedroom apartment is 3 people. Using the table above, the maximum income for a 3 person household at 60% of the AMI in Dallas County is $47,280 a year, or $3,940 a month. To determine the maximum rent in the table below we multiply the monthly maximum income, $3,940 by 30% to get a maximum rent of $1,182 a month.

Rent for units in the LIHTC Program include a utility allowance which is determined by the average monthly cost of utilities paid directly by residents. This allowance has not been subtracted from the rents in the table below. These utility allowances are set on a property by property basis.

% of AMI Studio 1 Bed 2 Bed 3 Bed 4 Bed 5 Bed
50% $766 $821 $985 $1,138 $1,269 $1,400
60% $920 $985 $1,182 $1,365 $1,523 $1,680
Fair Market Rents in Dallas County

Fair Market Rents, often abbreviated as FMR, can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Notably, Fair Market Rents are used to establish the payment standards for the Housing Choice Voucher Program, maximum rents in HOME financed rental projects and initial rents for Section 8 project based assistance.

2019 Fair Market Rents
Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
$614 $736 $910 $1,226 $1,357

Cities In Dallas County

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City Listings Served By
Dallas Center 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dallas Center is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Granger 2 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Granger is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Grimes 5 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Grimes is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Waukee 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Waukee is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Adel 3 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Adel is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Urbandale 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Urbandale is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
West Des Moines 10 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves West Des Moines is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Perry 7 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Perry is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Van Meter 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Van Meter is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Redfield 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Redfield is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Woodward 1 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Woodward is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Dawson 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dawson is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
De Soto 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves De Soto is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Linden 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Linden is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Minburn 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Minburn is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Bouton 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Bouton is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Clive 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Clive is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.
Dexter 0 The HUD funded Public Housing Agency that serves Dexter is the Central Iowa Regional Housing Authority.