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Des Moines assistance programs.

The programs and services indicated below are specific to the city of Des Moines. However, there are various other options that include all of Polk County and county residents. Learn more on Polk County assistance programs.

Find help with rent and housing assistance

Almost $2 million is being provided to Des Moines Iowa for housing aid. Des Moines is among seven cities in Iowa that will be receiving over $16 million from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD). The money is coming from the federal government stimulus program, and more specifically the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The money is intended to provide housing assistance, and covers everything from rent to energy bills.

This substantial sum of money will be used to provide quick housing assistance for those families who have recently fallen into homelessness or are struggling with housing expenses, and it will help prevent many from losing their apartment or homes. The goal is to offer short- and medium-term financial and rental assistance. However, there will not be mortgage support and it will not help reduce foreclosures for those homeowners who may be facing foreclosure.

People in need can get money to pay for rental assistance between three and 18 months, cash to pay for security deposits and utility deposits, help with heating and electric bills, moving assistance and hotel vouchers if someone is homeless.

You need to apply at the Salvation Army (515) 282-3599 or local community action agency, which is run by the City of Des Moines Community Development Department. Their number is (515) 283-4180.

Aid from government programs

The City of Des Moines Community Development Department (phone number (515) 283-4180) also runs several different services for city residents. Some of the services and assistance they provide include the cooling program, which provides free fans and air conditioners to help people deal with summer heat.





A food pantry distributes free food and housing supplies to people who need help feeding their families. They also run the low income energy program and weatherization program, which help low income people deal with heating and energy bills. A furnace and heating unit repair program also ensure a heating unit is well maintained.

County wide programs

As noted, those are only some of the programs available in the region. In many cases, a struggling family can also apply for assistance from non-profits that are located in other parts of the area. Find additional programs in Polk County.


By Jon McNamara

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