Other Assistance

Emergency Sheltering for Families

If all of the family shelters are full, General Assistance will provide a one-night stay in a motel to families with minor children. Please contact United Way by calling 2-1-1. The family must go to Primary Health Care, 1200 University Avenue, Suite 120, Des Moines (515-248-1500) the following day to see if there are other services they may be eligible for.  

Property Tax Assistance 

For information on property tax assistance programs visit the Adult Services page or contact them at 286-3205 or  


To apply for financial assistance for cremation, bring a completed application to our office or call 286-2088 for further information.