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Public Housing Program

Public Housing Program rental units

  • Are located within the city of Des Moines
  • Are owned and managed by the City of Des Moines Municipal Housing Agency (DMMHA)
  • Are located within five apartment complexes and 34 single family homes
  • Accessible units are available.

Eligibility is determined by

  • HUD’s income guidelines (80% of median family income)
  • Family composition
  • Arrest history
  • Past participation in federally subsidized programs
  • Rental history.


  • Applicants must be at least 18 years old
  • One member of the household must be a US citizen or non-citizen with eligible status.
  • Applicants with any drug related charge in the past five years will be denied.

To pre-apply

  • Apply online for Public Housing
  • Pick up a pre-application in DMMHA’s administrative office located at
             2309 Euclid Avenue
             Des Moines, Iowa   50310
  • Print the Public Housing pre-application and return to DMMHA

Check your current position on the Public Housing waiting list at any time

After all eligibility criteria are met and upon acceptance of a unit, participants enter into a lease agreement with DMMHA and pay approximately 30% of their monthly adjusted income for rent.