• Holiday Food Project

    The Holiday Food Project helps to provide a 3-5 day supply of nonperishable food items plus a $20.00 gift certificate to a local grocery for purchasing fresh produce and meat. Our goal is to serve 1,000 families in December. We accept donations for this project year-round.


    To donate

  • Bank On Central Iowa

    Bank On Central Iowa program is a national model for promoting access to mainstream financial services, supporting working families, and strengthening local economies. It connects people without bank accounts to affordable financial services including checking, savings, and financial education opportunities.


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  • Personal Pantry

    The personal pantry program assists families ensure clean homes, health, and wellbeing by providing cleaning and personal hygiene products. Donations are accepted year-round.


    To donate

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.