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.
Housing Services Hours and Contact Information
We are here to serve you Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Click here to see our Holiday Schedule for recognized Holiday closings.
Des Moines Community Action Agency
1618 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA 50314
(T) (515) 248-6216
Housing Services Office
Park Fair Mall
100 E Euclid Avenue
Park Fair Mall – Suite 101
Des Moines, IA 50313
(T) (515) 323-8950
(F) (515) 242-2844
Housing Services Board
The Housing Services Board initiates programs or projects, including grant applications that further the policies and plans of the Municipal Housing Agency including tenant conduct and relations; interact with other governmental agencies with respect to application for and implementation of grants and other funding programs; reviews and comments on Housing Services Director's annual operating and capital budgets prior to their submission to City Manager; buy, lease, sell or exchange supplies, equipment and materials; and procures service or work to extend to unencumbered funds available when such contracts or agreements exceed $10,000. For more information on the Housing Services Board visit their website.
Housing Services Board Meeting Schedule
Housing Services Board Members