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Des Moines and Polk County rental assistance.

Find help with paying rent in Des Moines. Charities, such as churches, partner with the government and non-profit agencies in an effort to stop homelessness across Polk County Iowa. Sources of funding include federal grants as well as direct financial aid from a charity that can be used for a portion of rent or security deposit that is due.

An application process is in place, with a priority for vulnerable residents. This means that any funds for assisting with back rent, moving costs or other housing expenses will prioritize families with children, the disabled, or seniors in Polk County. In addition, a focus will be on helping applicants that have some source of income and any financial aid paid out will only be for a portion of the rental arrears that is due.

Capax Infiniti Housing can help with all types of housing. The rental assistance will be issued for up to one year. In addition, the agency will also assist with both security as well as utility deposits for those from Polk County that qualify. Dial (515) 276-5823.

Cross Ministries - Cottage Grove Presbyterian Church
Address is 1050 24th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50311
Telephone - (515) 279-9998
Vouchers as well as loans are used for paying a portion of rent, energy bills, or even a mortgage. The charity is a crisis ministry that offers outreach to the working poor in a crisis. The homeless can have a a rent deposit or moving costs paid.

Family Unification Program (DMMHA)
100 East Euclid
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 323-8950
This non-profit will only help residents of Polk County that may have their family unit dissolved without aid. Funds for rent and information on section 8 vouchers and public housing is arranged.




General Assistance, or GA in Polk County, is short term relief. The government can issue a loan for furniture, appliances or housing needs, such as rent or taxes. Call the county at (515) 286-2088.

Iowa Finance Authority can only provide financial aid, including for rent, for qualified low income families oon Medicaid. The address is 2015 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50312. Emergency funds, grants, housing, and even referrals to utility bill help are offered (if it could lead to an eviction). Polk County residents with Medicaid waivers can call the government agency at (515) 725-4900 for rental assistance.

Polk County Commission of Veterans Affairs is only for veterans and military members. Emergency utility or rent assistance as well as applications to VA benefits are available on site. They also assist disabled veterans, including offering them transitional housing. Phone - (515) 286-3670.

Proteus Inc of Des Moines office
(800) 397-9675
A regional non-profit community action.

Red Rock Area Community Action
Location is 406 South West School Street
Ankeny, IA 50023
(515) 965-0433
Both grants for back rent and eviction counseling is arranged. There are federal government ESG grants, loans for paying a rent or mortgage payment, job resources, and other housing solutions for Polk County. More on rent help from Red Rock community action.





Salvation Army Family Services
1326 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Dial 515-282-3599. Note appointments are needed.
Housing programs include a cold winter shelter, money for security deposits, or a portion of rent. Case managers will also try to provide furniture for the new apartment, or help people apply for HUD section 8.

Polk County eviction prevention and rehousing programs involve the disbursement of government grants for paying rent along with motel vouchers or legal aid. Non-profits help the low income, single moms, and the elderly with their rent and other housing needs, including moving costs. More on eviction help in Polk County.

Des Moines - St. Vincent De Paul Society
1426 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314-2801
For information on resources, call (515) 282-8327
General relief is for clients, regardless of religion. Immigrants are also supported with their housing needs. One time, emergency rent help is combined with heating assistance and more.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF)
1200 University Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 248-1531
Housing and financial support is only for veterans.

Des Moines Housing Services Department
Location is 2309 Euclid Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50310
Phone: (515) 323-8950
The regional Polk County Public Housing Authority (PHA). There is information on section 8 HUD vouchers, low income apartments, and other rent support resources. They also offer self-sufficiency, home buying help, and other housing support in addition to rent vouchers.

Residents of Southeast Polk Community School District can call upon Central Place Family Resource & Community Education Center
6540 NE 12th Avenu
 Pleasant Hill, Iowa 50327
Phone: 515-266-6795
Emergency rental assistance, loans, school supplies, and educational services. They work to stop homelessness of children, students, single moms, and low income families. Financial aid for rent or utilities is one program.







Des Moines Public Housing Authority
Location is 3717 6th Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50313
(515) 280-6726
They focus on city residents. Home buying programs, Section 8 HUD vouchers, low income public housing, shelters, and rent subsidized homes. Many clients are poor, seniors, single moms, or disabled, ans they often qualify for apartments that charge rent based on income.

Iowa Legal Aid
Address is 1111 9th St #230
Des Moines, Iowa
Main phone - (515) 243-1193
Attorneys provide tips on stopping an eviction. Or get help in applying for public housing, free legal aid to solve discrimination, and other support.

West Des Moines Human Services
139 Sixth Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 222-3660
Homeless prevention and rapid rehousing can assist with everything from rent due to a landlord to deposits and application fees. Or get referrals to low income apartments in Polk County.

By Jon McNamara

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