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Neighborhood Services

The realignment of the community development, housing services and economic development is a long-term strategy that will improve efficiency, better utilize resources and staff and assist in succession planning.

Neighborhood Services is made up of the former Housing Services divisions as well as Neighborhood Inspections, Federal Funds Administration and Property Investment. Efforts will include administration of rental units, Section 8 housing, neighborhood revitalization, new property maintenance guidelines and coordination with neighborhood associations.

Neighborhood Services Emphasis

Neighborhood Services Department will place greater emphasis on services in our neighborhoods – this includes assisting with the Invest DSM revitalization initiative, implementation of property improvement guidelines, increased efforts related to affordable and workforce housing.  This department will retain traditional neighborhood initiates including rental inspections, code enforcement, low rent housing, federal fund distribution and other supportive neighborhood services.


To better address the changing goals of Des Moines over the next 20 to 30 years the city is realigning our economic development and community development departments.  This will allow the city to concentrate on both our commercial development neighborhoods and neighborhoods while continuing the efforts that has made Des Moines the robust city that it is today through thoughtful long-term planning, innovative revitalization efforts and sound economic development. 

Neighborhood Services Organizational Chart

Upcoming Job Postings

Neighborhood Services employment opportunities will be posted in 2020.  

Neighborhood Services Contacts

For more information regarding the reorganization and the Neighborhood Services Department feel free to contact:

Chris Johansen, Neighborhood Services Department Director at (515) 323-8976 or 

SuAnn Donovan, Deputy Director of the Neighborhood Services Department at (515) 283-4516 or

Our Mission
To partner with the residents of our community to provide outstanding services to our neighborhoods while maintaining Des Moines social, physical, and business environments.

For general assistance contact us at (515)283-4182.