• Best City for Young Professionals

    City Award - Best City for Young Professionals. Des Moines tops the list for the Best City for Young Professionals. Factors such as local unemployment rates, job growth projections and median salaries of 24 - 34 year old employed college grads.

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  • Des Moines Named #1 Up and Coming City for Food

    Women’s Health and Yelp teamed up to find the best of the best and Des Moines tops their list of “5 Best Up and Coming Cities for Food” . “Des Moines isn't just a presidential-hopeful pit stop—it's practically a foodie paradise.”

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  • #1 Up-and-Coming Downtown

    Fortune magazine names Des Moines number one "up-and-coming" downtown.

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  • Welcome to the City of Des Moines

    A major center for insurance, financial services and publishing, Des Moines has a lot to offer, such as affordable housing, short commute times, a diverse population, and was also recently named one of the best places to live on the Silicon Prairie.

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  • Spotlight on Des Moines

    Gray's Lake Park features the 1,400 foot-long Kruidenier Trail pedestrian bridge and a 1.9 mile trail around the lake. "...Residents can walk, bike, boat or fish -- right in the very heart of downtown," said Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie.

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  • Iowa State Capitol

    The Iowa State Capitol is among the most beautiful state capitols in the country with its 275-foot, 23-karat gold leafed dome anchoring the east end of downtown Des Moines.

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  • East Village

    Historic East Village is an eclectic neighborhood of restored historic properties, beautiful streetscapes, and urban living at the foot of the State Capitol.

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  • World Food Prize

    Des Moines is home to the World Food Prize the foremost international award recognizing the achievements in advancing human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

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Home Owner Rehabilitation Program


This program promotes the improvement of homeowner properties in Des Moines. The program provides forgivable loans to eligible property owners and is designed to respond to deferred maintenance problems that have created an emergency situation or lead paint remediation for families with children under the age of six (6) that have been referred by the Polk County Health Department.


Homebuyer Programs


This program provides a unique opportunity for housing developers and the City of Des Moines to create quality affordable homeownership for Des Moines’ low-mod income families. There are two programs available to developers (1) New Construction – Gap Subsidy and (2) Acquisition/Rehabilitation – Gap Subsidy. Both programs provide a subsidy to a developer to cover the difference between the cost to construct or rehabilitate a home and the home’s appraised value (sale price). This gap subsidy allows developers to build and rehab homes that have greater financial risk than would be feasible under normal underwriting standards. NCS distributes Request for Proposals (RFP) notifying developers of the opportunity to submit plans, specifications and financial estimates for the New Construction program. Proposals are reviewed competitively and projects receiving the greatest number of points will receive funding. Applications for the Acquisition/Rehabilitation program are accepted on a first come, first serve basis with non-profit agencies receiving top priority. The Acquisition/Rehab applications are funded based on available funding at the time of application. For more information or to be placed on the RFP mailing list, please email us at askncs@dmgov.org .


Rental Programs


This program provides an opportunity for landlords, housing developers, and the City of Des Moines to build or rehabilitate affordable rental housing to Des Moines’ low-mod income residents. There are two programs available to developers (1) New Construction – Gap Subsidy and (2) Acquisition/Rehabilitation– Gap Subsidy. Both programs provide a subsidy to a developer to cover the cost to construct or rehabilitate rental units. This gap subsidy allows developers to build and rehab rental units that have greater financial risk than would be feasible under normal underwriting standards. NCS funding is structured as a loan and includes income and rent restrictions for renters which the owner or manager is required to comply and monitor. NCS accepts applications for the New Construction and Acquisition/Rehabilitation program on a first come, first serve basis with non-profit agencies receiving top priority. Generally the New Construction projects utilize the - Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) administered by the Iowa Finance Authority. All projects are funded based on the availability of funds and City Council approval. For more information please email us at askncs@dmgov.org .


If you are interested in the Low Income Housing Tax Credit process, please click here to review the checklist of needed documents.