Public Housing Information

Eligibility for the Public Housing assistance programs is determined by family composition, arrest history, past participation in federally subsidized programs, rental history, and income guidelines determined by HUD for Des Moines.

Eligible applicants for these units must be at least 18 years of age, be a single person, a disabled person, a person 62 years of age or older or an elderly or disabled family or a non-disabled/elderly family. 

Additional eligibility requirements are as follows:

• One member of the household must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen with eligible status

• Applicants for the Public Housing Program must be age 18 to be eligible to apply

• Must meet income eligibility requirements as established by HUD

• Must successfully pass screening criteria which includes, but is not limited to: no negative past participation in Federally subsidized programs, acceptable arrest history, acceptable rental history, and

• Does not owe any money to a federally subsidized housing program.

Automatic Denial

DMMHA WILL DENY an applicant for the Public Housing Program if they have any drug related charges on their arrest record within the past five years.

Income Guidelines

To be determined eligible to participate in Public Housing 5(h) Affordable Homeownership Program, your total household income may not exceed the following limits.

Public Housing Income Maximums
Number of Persons in Family
*Income limits are updated by HUD on an annual basis.

Application Process

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE - Public Housing Application


Public Housing Applications are available at the Housing Services Department located at 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310 and at Royal View Manor at 1101 Crocker Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50309.   The packet is available online or can be obtained from the Housing Services department.

The Leasing Division of the DMMHA handles the application process for Public Housing assistance programs. When a Public Housing eligible applicant's name comes to the top of the waiting list, the applicant is offered a rental unit. Upon acceptance of a unit, a participant must enter into a lease agreement with the DMMHA and pay approximately 30% of their monthly adjusted gross income for rent.

Waiting List Position

You may check your current position on the Public Housing waiting list at any time through our online interactive application.  You will need your waiting list identification (ex: doej1234).

For more information on the City of Des Moines Public Housing program email us or contact the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency at (515) 323-8950.