Metro Home Improvement Program

Need help with funding household repairs and have a household income of less than 80% of Polk County area median income? Apply with the Metro Home Improvement Program. The City of Windsor Heights with the collaboration of nine other metro cities participates in The Metro Home Improvement Program with the purpose to preserve affordable housing stock in these communities. 

Participating Cities

The participating cities are:

  • Ankeny
  • Altoona
  • Bondurant
  • Grimes
  • Johnston
  • Pleasant Hill
  • Polk City
  • Urbandale
  • West Des Moines
  • Windsor Heights

Applications for Assistance

The Program is currently accepting applications from homeowners interested in the program.  The Program is able to assist three to four homeowners per funding period.  Homeowners that are not assisted presently will be placed on a waiting list for the next available funding.

Eligibility & Requirements

The assistance is for housing repairs such as siding, roofs, windows, electrical and plumbing, as well as any city code violations up to $12,500. The awards are in the form of a five-year forgivable loan to eligible households with income less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) for Polk County. 

  • Eligible property types are single family dwellings and do not include mobile homes, homes being purchased on contract, duplexes or rental units. 
  • The house assisted must be the primary residence of the applicant and assessed at or below $183,000. Property taxes, mortgage payments and insurance must be current.  

The Metro Home Improvement Program is administered by the City of West Des Moines.

The program is funded through the participating cities and the Polk County Housing Trust Fund.  For further information or a program application, visit the City of West Des Moines Metro Home Improvement Program page or contact Christine Gordon or Kay Schoon at (515) 273-0770.

Metro Home Improvement Program Handout