• AViD 2014

    It's Raining Authors!

    The 2014 season of the popular Authors Visiting in Des Moines (AViD) series from the Des Moines Public Library. All AViD author events are free and open to the public.

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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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  • One of the Best Cities for Jobs

    Des Moines ranks #2 on Forbes 2012 list of Best Cities for Jobs.

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  • Ash Tree Insect Alert

    Information and educational links about emerald ash borer (EAB) are presented here so city residents can be informed about the city’s plans to treat and remove public ash trees, and so they can make plans to manage ash trees on private property.

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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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Housing Services Mission

 

Housing Service’s mission is to provide quality affordable housing opportunities within Des Moines and Polk County, and to facilitate, where possible, self-sufficiency for its clients.

 

Housing Services Responsibilities

The Housing Services Department is comprised of two Divisions; 1) Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA) and 2) Des Moines Community Action Agency (DMCAA).

 

Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA):

The DMMHA provides Public Housing rental units for low-income qualified families and administers the Section 8 rental assistance program for the County of Polk.  These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing And Urban Development (HUD) and administered by  the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA), Housing Services Board and Municipal Housing Governing Board (Des Moines City Council).

 

Des Moines Community Action Agency (DMCAA):

The DMCAA works with low-income residents to provide basic essential needs programs and services, community resource referrals and tools to help low-income families gain personal and economic independence.  Des Moines Community Action Agency operates programs such as LIHEAP, utility crisis assistance, food pantry, personal pantry, garden project, cooling (fans and medically needy air conditioners), holiday food baskets, holiday toys or Embrace Iowa.

 

These programs are funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  These programs are administered by the Des Moines Community Action Agency, Housing Services Board and Des Moines City Council.