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Using Art to Revitalize Neighborhoods

This artwork is getting noticed!  We thought we should share the story behind the house at 1012 E. Ninth St. 

The home is a foreclosed property in the Capitol Park that was donated to HOME, Inc. by Wells Fargo Mortgage. This house is part of our plan to develop new 10 new housing units in the neighborhood over the next two years.   

Until we begin working on the house, we agreed to participate in a community art project through the Viva East Bank (VEB) Coalition. VEB is a coalition of resident and partners working together on a shared vision to create positive change Capitol Park, Capitol East and Martin Luther King neighborhoods.  Thank you to our partner Community Housing Initiatives for organizing the community art project and all of the artists who helped turn a neighborhood eyesore into a beautiful work of art.  

Want to see another mural? Check out CHI’s story about the first mural installed in Capitol Park neighborhood.

We need to add affordable housing units

It’s simple: we hate to see the loss of affordable housing.

The recent Des Moines Register story about the Elliot Apartments moving from affordable, low rent housing to market rate is disturbing. As developers continue to build apartment buildings across our community, there is little to no attention being paid to those families who are at or below 80% of median income.

We get it.  Materials cost the same whether the apartment is intended for low-income families or those whose income isn’t as limited. However, the need for affordable housingin Greater Des Moines is real.  

We cannot continue to lose low-income housing options when the demand has only increased. We are rapidly reaching a critical juncture where we need to have a plan to address how we will add – not subtract –affordable units. This is important to keep our community growing and successful. 

Help for Homeowners

Are you a Des Moines homeowner in need of exterior repairs such as roofing, water or sewer line replacements or foundation work?

Apply today for the Emergency Repair Loan Program. Homeowners must live in the home for at least one year prior to applying and meet U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s income guidelines listed below. Loans are forgivable if homeowners stay in the residence for five additional years.

Funded by the City of Des Moines’ Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund matching dollars, the Emergency Repair Loan Program provides a deferred payment loan to low or moderate income homeowners.  CDBG is a federal program established in 1974 to support projects that provide decent housing and suitable living environments while expanding economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons.  Call 515.283.4184 for more information.

# in Household Max. Income
1 $46,050
2 $52,600
3 $59,200
4 $65,750
5 $71,050
6 $76,300
7 $81,550
8+ $86,800

Join us for our 50th Anniversary Celebration

Please join us for our 50th anniversary celebration on Thursday, Sept. 14 at the Ding Darling Shelter from 4 - 8 p.m.. We'll have food, music, tours of some of homes and lots of fun! More information is available here.  RSVP to by Friday, Sept. 8.