Take Action for Housing Affordability in Des Moines

Action Items for Des Moines Advocates:

Protect Affordable Housing in Your City from Federal Tax Reform

Proposed elimination of a key affordable housing development tool, Private Activity Bonds (PABs), would make it much harder for our region to meet its housing need at a time when there is more demand than ever.

In the last thirty years, PABs have helped build 24,000 affordable apartments in King County alone.

You can help by urging your Representatives to rise to our affordable housing need by protecting Private Activity Bonds. Sample letters from the ACTION Campaign:

Contact your representatives by phone by calling the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121

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Housing Gaps in Des Moines

To meet the county-wide proportional need for affordable homes in 2030, Des Moines needs:

  • 1,194 homes affordable to households with incomes between 0-30% of Area Median Income (AMI)

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Health & Housing in Des Moines

About 4 in 10 households in Des Moines are housing cost-burdened

62% of Des Moines households have a risk of lead exposure

547 Des Moines households are over-crowded

253 Des Moines households have inadequate plumbing or kitchen facilities

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