Housing Assistance


Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP):

IMPACT Community Action Partnership is administering rent 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 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. 

We are currently scheduling appointments for individuals and families who have been unemployed continually for the last 90 days. Please call 515-518-4770 to make an appointment.

Residents of other Iowa Counties can apply for assistance through the Iowa Finance Authority website.

Information for those seeking rental assistance:

  •  The CDC has issued an eviction moratorium application to assist families  If you are applying for COVID-related rental assistance, it may take some time to review your application. 

    • The CDC's Eviction Moratorium Tool can help with this process. This tool will help tenents find out if they qualify for the moratorium. It will produce a customized letter that can be downloaded, printed, or emailed directly to a landlord. Tenants who qualify and send this letter can halt their evictions until March 31st, 2021. 

  • ​If you are currently facing eviction or foreclosure, please click here to learn more about your rights as a renter or homeowner.

  • Please call 211 for other available housing assistance in your community.


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 County.

Am I Eligible?

Households must be at or below 175% on the Federal Poverty Level and must reside in Boone, Jasper, Marion, or Warren County. 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 of income or previous year 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