Des Moines, IA - 50310
(515) 323-8950
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday closed
  • Sunday closed
City of Des Moines Housing Services

The City of Des Moines Housing Services uses the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program to provide rental assistance to those who qualify.  The Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program provides rental assistance to low-income families and elderly or disabled individuals who rent from a private landlord. Eligibility for the Section 8 program is determined by family composition and income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which provides the program funding. Approximately 3,200 households are served through Section 8 programs. The DMMHA administers the Section 8 program throughout Polk County. Participants in the Section 8 program pay 30-40% of their monthly adjusted income for rent.. Eligible applicants for Section 8 program are given a Housing Choice Voucher and 60 days to find an approved rental unit. The Section 8 program provides rental assistance to participants who want to rent from a private landlord. Participants may choose the type of housing they wish to rent. Prior to being placed under the program and at least annually thereafter each unit must pass a Housing Quality Standards (HQS) inspection to ensure that the unit is a safe and decent place to live. Hours of Operation:  Monday-Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Mission Statement: To provide and maintain essential services that meet the collective basic needs of the citizens of Des Moines and to identify and seize opportunities for a higher quality of life.

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  • Reply User   2019-08-19 11:26:48

    I need a two bedroom. I don’t have a job right now. So I have nothing for a deposit right now. I am looking and super close to be having a job. Just need a place to live.

  • Reply User   2020-04-22 23:20:44

    I wanna apply for rent assistance

  • Reply User   2021-02-10 17:09:29

    application for rental assistance

  • Reply User   2021-02-10 17:14:52

    I want to apply for rental assistance

  • Reply User   2022-02-12 11:23:08

    I need to sign up for housing assistance

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