Helping Communities

We are in the business of keeping people housed and communities vibrant. For more than 50 years, HOME, Inc. has served individuals who face losing their home while simultaneously reinvesting in the quantity and quality of neighborhood housing stock.

We Address: Immediate Needs

HOME, Inc. and many other Central Iowa agencies offer assistance programs for homeowners who need to make necessary repairs to their homes to keep their spaces livable. See the resources below for assistance.

3,134

calls received for rental housing assistance, averaging 12 calls each business day

94%

of clients were able to solve their rental problems

FACT: To afford the average two‑bedroom apartment in Polk County, a renter needs to make $15.50 per hour, more than twice the minimum wage.

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

FACT: To afford the average two‑bedroom apartment in Polk County, a renter needs to make $15.50 per hour, more than twice the minimum wage.

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

We Help: Families in Crisis

Most importantly, through our HOPE for Stable Families program, our housing counselors mitigate emergencies and keep families housed.

FACT: The shortage of affordable housing costs the American economy about $2 trillion a year in lower wages and productivity.

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

44

very low income households were able to retain housing

100%

of children helped through the program were able to stay in the same school

FACT: To afford the average two‑bedroom apartment in Polk County, a renter needs to make $15.50 per hour, more than twice the minimum wage.

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition

We Support: Long-term Planning

HOME, Inc. counselors develop lasting relationships with families who want to achieve the American dream of homeownership through homeownership readiness and pre-purchase counseling.

599

households educated

80%

of homeownership readiness counseling clients were minorities

68%

of pre-purchase counseling clients were low income

We Foster: Economic Growth

Numerous national and regional studies have proven that an adequate supply of affordable housing is a critical factor in maintaining and even growing local economies. For many years, HOME, Inc. has been working to address the lack of affordable housing in Polk County by constructing or renovating such homes.

$1M+

invested in low-income neighborhoods

$850k

invested in new construction

$200k

invested in repairs to existing homes

Construction and repair efforts are focused on low-income neighborhoods in Des Moines, helping those who are most at-risk.