City Launches Improving Our Neighborhoods Initiative

City Launches Improving Our Neighborhoods Initiative

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Des Moines, Iowa — Wednesday, January 25, 2023 —The Metropolis of Des Moines launched an initiative now to bolster and revitalize neighborhoods by providing residence proprietors monetary assistance for considerably-wanted house repairs. The voluntary method, Improving upon Our Neighborhoods (ION), will enable house owners make exterior repairs, hook up to methods and navigate the residence repair service program.

Town Supervisor Scott Sanders stated that the intention of ION is two-fold – to maintenance deteriorating houses that diminish the worth of neighboring houses and to decrease the number of properties degrading into nuisance properties demanding demolition by the Metropolis.

In accordance to the final U.S. Census, additional than 50 percent of the homes in Des Moines have been built just before 1960. The ION method will concentration on approximately 4,000 houses identified in will need of repairs. ION group members this week will begin achieving out across Des Moines to deliver informational packets and invite all those property owners to take part in the ION plan.

Sanders said $3.5 million in financial support has been committed to ION in 2023 that will assistance fund exterior house repairs for 100-150 Des Moines inhabitants.

“With ION, we’re striving to assistance householders with repairs that will make Des Moines neighborhoods healthier and more related,” Sanders stated. “It’s a substantial obstacle, but the Bettering Our Neighborhoods initiative is a artistic and bold effort and hard work that gets us moving in the proper direction.”

These are the exterior repairs that will be available by ION as properly as the requirements to qualify:

Restore Support Products and services Available

  • Roof repairs/replacement
  • Siding repairs/substitute
  • Exterior basis repairs
  • Windows/doorways
  • Do the job on the assets ton that influences the livability in the composition
  • Driveways (only if a protection hazard exists)


  • Home have to be in City limitations
  • Repairs are exterior, not interior
  • House taxes, utilities, and mortgage loan have to be latest
  • Property need to be insured or have the capability of being insured

House Advancement Supervisor Dan Grauerholz reported ION will provide economical help on a first-come, first-served basis to homeowners whose money falls under 80{7e5ff73c23cd1cd7ac587f9048f78b3ced175b09520fe5fee10055eb3132dce7} of the Place Median Earnings (AMI). For the common residence of 3 in Polk County, that would be just under $71,000.

Aid Options

  • For modest jobs, up to $3,500 will be delivered as a grant to qualified inhabitants with an AMI of 80{7e5ff73c23cd1cd7ac587f9048f78b3ced175b09520fe5fee10055eb3132dce7} and underneath.
  • Householders with an AMI of 50{7e5ff73c23cd1cd7ac587f9048f78b3ced175b09520fe5fee10055eb3132dce7} or underneath will obtain 100{7e5ff73c23cd1cd7ac587f9048f78b3ced175b09520fe5fee10055eb3132dce7} forgivable funding up to $20,000 and an added $20,000 in a 50/50 lien.
  • These competent applicants with an AMI of 51-80{7e5ff73c23cd1cd7ac587f9048f78b3ced175b09520fe5fee10055eb3132dce7} will obtain funding by a 50/50 lien for repairs up to $40,000.

Location Median Cash flow (AMI)*

  • $88,650
  • $70,950
  • $49,320
  • $44,350

For a household of 3 in Polk County

“Each member of our ION team is aware of that this software goes further than repairing up homes, this is about serving to folks who may possibly wrestle a little bit to get the career done by themselves,” Grauerholz stated. “We successfully tested ION as a pilot project last year and the reaction was frustrating and heartfelt.”

Grauerholz said if there are repairs that will not qualify under ION, other community partners will be contacted to consider and get the perform accomplished. For further facts about Increasing Our Neighborhoods, go to

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, Town Manager’s Business office
(515) 283-4057
[email protected]

About the Town of Des Moines
The Metropolis of Des Moines is Iowa’s funds metropolis and our 17 departments serve extra than 214,000 residents and 49 neighborhood associations. Des Moines is a leader in sustainability and supplies its residents with lively neighborhoods, an alive and energetic downtown, and plentiful leisure alternatives.
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