Housing Stability Fund

The DMARC Housing Stability Fund* provides emergency financial assistance to prevent families from becoming homeless.

The Des Moines Area Religious Council works in partnership with Polk County General Assistance to process program requests for rent and utilities assistance.

To Request Help, contact:

Polk County General Assistance
Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50310
515-286-2088

Program Guidelines

  • Programs funds are limited and disbursed only when available.
  • Intake process requires photo identification and documentation of needed assistance, including household income and expense verification.
  • One request per household in a 12-month period.
  • Requests are confidential and assistance is provided on a non-discriminatory basis.

Types of requests considered:

Housing

  • Rent deposits
  • Rent payments

Utility support

  • Power is off or power will be disconnected in a short time
  • Cannot make the payment without assistance

You Can Help Support the Housing Stability Fund

During these uncertain times, the need for assistance is much greater than the funding available to respond to all requests. Please provide a gift today that will help a low-income family remain in their home.

Donations received by DMARC for the Housing Stability Fund will be used to provide rent and utilities assistance for program participants. Thank you for your support!

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DMARC Housing Stability Fund* Background – DMARC entered into a pilot project with the Polk County Community, Family and Youth Services, funded in part by United Way of Central Iowa and DMARC and launched in August 2013, to provide a coordinated service model for housing stability and homelessness prevention assistance in Polk County. Objectives were to streamline and coordinate the intake and service delivery processes to make sure families get the help they need – when they need it. Based on the success of the pilot project, DMARC and Polk County committed to fully implement the Housing Stability Fund in FY2014-15.

Related Research and Resources

Iowa Women and the Wage Gap
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An Unlevel Playing Field
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Hidden Homelessness – Family Housing Instability and Homelessness in Polk County, Iowa
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Basic Needs Network Assessment Report
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