Section 8

Eligibility for the Section 8 assistance program is determined by family composition, arrest history, past participation in federally subsidized programs, rental history, and income guidelines determined by HUD for Des Moines.

Additional eligibility requirements follow:

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

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

Income Guidelines

The guidelines are updated annually for all entitlement cities by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) based on prevailing housing markets, area incomes, construction costs and fair market rents. Key levels for federal programs are 0 to 30% - extremely low income family; 31 to 50% - low income family; 51 to 80% moderate income family.

To be determined eligible to participate in the Section 8 Program, your total household income may not exceed the following limits.  

Section 8 Income Maximums
Number of Persons in Family
*Income limits are updated by HUD on an annual basis.


Application Process

In order to receive Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program assistance, you must make application during a time period the waiting list is open.  Fill out the Section 8 Application and return to Housing Services Department located in Polk County River Place, 2309 Euclid Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50310.    

The DMMHA will begin issuing Section 8 HCV program vouchers to the applicants on the waiting list, in Random Lottery number order, as the vouchers become available by participants leaving the Section 8 Program.  Wait time is dependent on how many participants leave the program each month, funding availability, and the Random Lottery number you were assigned on the list.  Applicants remaining on the list from the 2008 opening period will be processed first.

The Leasing Division of the DMMHA handles the application process for Section 8 assistance programs.  When a Section 8 eligible applicant's name comes to the top of the waiting list, the applicant is issued a Housing Choice Voucher and has 60 days to find a rental unit. Each unit must pass a housing quality inspection to ensure that the unit is a safe and decent place to live.

Waiting List Position

You may check your current position on the 2015 and 2017 Section 8 Housing waiting lists at any time through our online interactive application.  You will need your waiting list identification (ex: doej1234).  CLICK HERE

For more information on the City of Des Moines Section 8 Housing program email us or contact the Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency at (515) 323-8950.