The Metro Home Improvement Program is a collaborative effort of eight metro cities with the purpose to preserve affordable housing stock in these communities. The participating cities are Ankeny, Altoona, Grimes, Urbandale, West Des Moines, Bondurant, Polk City, and Windsor Heights. The program has a Management Committee consisting of one representative per city which oversees the policies and decisions for the program.
Assistance is for housing repairs and correcting code violations. The awards are in the form of a five-year forgivable loan to eligible households with an income of less than 80% of the Area Median Income. Eligible property types are single-family dwellings and do not include mobile homes, homes being purchased on contract, duplexes or rental units. The house assisted must be the primary residence of the applicant.
The Metro Home Improvement Program is administered by the City of West Des Moines and is funded by the participating cities and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.
Click here to fill out an application online. For a paper application, please contact Christine Gordon or Kay Schoon, from the City of West Des Moines, at 515-273-0770.