Affordable Housing In West Des Moines
Dallas County, Iowa

Waiting List Openings In West Des Moines

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

Emergency Housing Voucher

How to Apply for the Waiting List.

13 Low Income Apartment Communities In West Des Moines

Valley West Apartments

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

Woodland West Apartments

3405 Woodland Ave
West Des Moines, Iowa
Call For Rent
1-3 BR

Maple Grove Villas

8602 Westown Pkwy
West Des Moines, Iowa
Call For Rent
2-3 BR

Crestview Terrace

916 Ashworth Rd
West Des Moines, Iowa
Call For Rent
1-2 BR
55+

Sun Prairie Apartments V

6409 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, Iowa

Sun Prairie Apartments VI

6539 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, Iowa

Sun Prairie Apartments VII

6689 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, Iowa

Country Club Village Project

1200 Office Park Rd
West Des Moines, Iowa

Sun Prairie Apartments

6017 Vista Dr
West Des Moines, Iowa

Chapel Ridge West II

210 S 41st St
West Des Moines, Iowa

Section 8 Vouchers, Apartments, and Waiting Lists in West Des Moines, Iowa

Public Housing Agencies operate federally assisted affordable housing programs at local levels on behalf of HUD. Notably, housing agencies are responsible for managing Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Public Housing, and Project-Based Voucher waiting lists within their jurisdiction.

Households who qualify for these programs may also qualify for Project-Based Section 8, which contributes rental assistance payments directly to private landlords on behalf of low-income tenants. Eligibility for the project-based program is similar to the voucher programs, but waiting list and application policies will vary depending on the landlord.

Public Housing Agencies Serving West Des Moines, Iowa

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

Guide To Affordable Housing in West Des Moines, Iowa

There are 13 low income housing apartment communities offering 1,665 affordable apartments for rent in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Income Based Apartments in West Des Moines, Iowa

West Des Moines features 105 income based apartments. Tenants of income based apartments typically pay no more than 30% of their income towards rent and utilities.

Low Rent Apartments in West Des Moines, Iowa

There are 1,560 rent subsidized apartments that do not provide direct rental assistance but remain affordable to low income households in West Des Moines.

Housing Choice Vouchers in West Des Moines, Iowa

On average, Section 8 Housing Choice vouchers pay West Des Moines landlords $0 per month towards rent. The average voucher holder contributes $0 towards rent in West Des Moines.

The maximum amount a voucher would pay on behalf of a low-income tenant in West Des Moines, Iowa for a two-bedroom apartment is between $842 and $1,029.

2022 West Des Moines, Iowa Fair Market Rents and Housing Choice Voucher Payment Standards

Fair Market Rents can be used to better understand the average housing costs of an area. Fair Market Rents are used by HUD to establish payment and rent standards for federal rental assistance programs like the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Studio One BR Two BR Three BR Four BR
West Des Moines, Iowa Fair Market Rent $658 $770 $935 $1,284 $1,357
West Des Moines, Iowa Payment Standard Range $592 to $724 $693 to $847 $842 to $1,029 $1,156 to $1,412 $1,221 to $1,493

Sourced from federal housing data and AffordableHousingOnline.com research.

West Des Moines, IA Affordable Housing Snapshot

Total Affordable Apartment Properties 13
Total Low Income Apartments 1,665
Total Housing Units with Rental Assistance 105
Percentage of Housing Units Occupied By Renters 39.67%
Average Renter Household Size 2.05
Average Household Size 2.35
Median Household Income $71,200 ±$2,579
Median Rent $897 ±$22
Percentage Of Renters Overburdened 35.14% ± 4.34pp
Total Population 61,266

Population and Household Demographics

West Des Moines is a city in Dallas County, Iowa with a population of 61,266. There are 25,884 households in the city with an average household size of 2.35 persons. 39.67% of households in West Des Moines are renters.

Income and Rent Overburden in West Des Moines

The median gross income for households in West Des Moines is $71,200 a year, or $5,933 a month. The median rent for the city is $897 a month.

Households who pay more than thirty percent of their gross income are considered to be Rent Overburdened. In West Des Moines, a household making less than $2,990 a month would be considered overburdened when renting an apartment at or above the median rent. 35.14% of households who rent are overburdened in West Des Moines.

Area Median Income In West Des Moines

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.

HUD often uses an area larger than a city to determine the AMI because HUD anticipates those searching for housing will look beyond individual cities during their housing search. For West Des Moines, the AMI is calculated from all households within Dallas County.

In West Des Moines, HUD calculates the Area Median Income for a family of four as $91,300

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 West Des Moines

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 HUD Rental Assistance in West Des Moines

1 Person 2 Person 3 Person 4 Person 5 Person 6 Person 7 Person 8 Person
30% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 30% of the West Des Moines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Extremely Low Income households.
$19,200 $21,950 $24,700 $27,400 $31,040 $35,580 $40,120 $44,660
50% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 50% of the West Des Moines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Very Low Income households.
$32,000 $36,550 $41,100 $45,650 $49,350 $53,000 $56,650 $60,300
80% AMI Income Limits
Renters earning up to 80% of the West Des Moines AMI may qualify for rental assistance programs that target Low Income households.
$51,150 $58,450 $65,750 $73,050 $78,900 $84,750 $90,600 $96,450