Housing Assistance


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP)

IMPACT Community Action Partnership is administering rent and utility assistance through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) to residents of Polk County, including the City of Des Moines. This program may provide eligible residents of the City of Des Moines and Polk County with assistance for a period of up to twelve (12) months. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a COVID-related impact to their household income that has affected their ability to pay rent. Households must also be past due on their rent to qualify for this assistance. 

Residents of other Iowa counties can apply for assistance through the Iowa Finance Authority (through August 30, 2022).


Eviction Information & Resources:

 ATTENTION: Rental Assistance Applicants 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Eviction Moratorium ended on August 26, 2021. The CDC moratorium was set to end on October 3, 2021. However, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the CDC moratorium and it can no longer be enforced. It is important to remember:

  • Tenants still have rights.

  • Only a judge can enter an order to evict a tenant. You cannot be removed from your home until a judge has entered an eviction order. You may have defenses to an eviction.

If you are being evicted and your rental assistance application is still being processed:

  • It is important to go to your hearing. Often if you do not appear at the hearing, the judge
    will enter an eviction against you, even if you had a defense.

  • People who cannot afford an attorney may be eligible for services from Iowa Legal Aid.
    For more information about or to find out if you are eligible, please visit iowalegalaid.org
    or call 1-800-532-1275.


Note: IMPACT is unable to expedite applications for households who are facing eviction.  Please refer to the resources outlined above.

Updated 1/24/2021


HPP- Homelessness Prevention Program (Short-Term)

HPP- Homelessness Prevention Program (Short-Term)

What Is The Program?

The HPP program provides rent/mortgage assistance to households that are unable to pay their rent or are currently behind on payments.  We can assist up to $300 once per year. This program is available in Boone, Jasper, Marion and Warren counties.

Am I Eligible?

Households must be at or below 175% on the Federal Poverty Level and must reside in Boone, Jasper, Marion or Warren counties. Funding for this program will vary.

To apply for this program, please call 515-518-4770

What Documentation Is Required?

  • Identification for all household members.

  • Proof of the last 30 days (or previous year's) income.

  • Statement or lease agreement from your landlord.

HPP- Homelessness Prevention Program (Long-Term)


What Is The Program?

The HPP long-term program provides financial assistance toward rent for 6 months and case management for 12 months. The goal is to prevent homelessness or provide stability for those that are currently homeless. This program also provides financial coaching and resource navigation. This is only available in Warren County.

Am I Eligible?

Households must be at or below 30% of the Area Median Income which is determined by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This program is only for Warren County residents.

To apply for this program, please call 515-518-4770

TBRA- Tenant Based Rental Assistance Program

What Is The Program?

The Tenant-Based Rental Assistance Program offers households assistance with their rent for up to 2 years if funding is available. Households must pay 30% of their income towards their rent. The TBRA program currently has a waitlist and is not open to the public. 

Am I Eligible?

Households must be at or below 60% Area Median Income in order to be eligible. You must also have a referral from the FaDSS Program (Family Development Self-Sufficiency Program). If you are interested in enrolling in the FaDSS program, you can contact the Family Enrichment Center at 515-286-3406 or follow this link for more information: