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Emergency Repair

The Housing Services Section operates an Emergency Home Repair Program that provides needed repairs to owner-occupied single family dwellings and mobile homes located throughout Polk County.  These repairs are completed for the purpose of keeping families in their homes, particularly those persons who are most vulnerable such as the elderly, the disabled, and children in a compassionate and respectful fashion. Through an initial evaluation by staff, determination, and remediation of the issue, residents will benefit from a more safe and healthy environment.  All repairs may be completed at no cost or minimal contribution by the homeowner.

The cost of necessary repairs may not exceed 10% of the assessed value of the property up to $8,000.00.  If the cost to perform the repair exceeds 10% of the assessed value of the property or is greater that $8,000.00, the homeowner will be given the opportunity to contribute funding the balance of the repair.  Clients may receive assistance on multiple occasions but are limited to a lifetime benefit not to exceed 10% of the assessed value of the property up to $8,000.00.

 

For Mobile Homes, the cost of necessary repairs may not exceed $750.00.  If the cost to perform the repair exceeds $750.00, the owner will be given the opportunity to contribute funding the repair in excess of the $750.00 limit.  Owners may receive assistance on multiple occasions but are limited to a lifetime benefit not to exceed $750.00.

To qualify for this program:

  • Home/Mobile Home must be owner occupied for at least one (1) year prior to application
  • Household income must at 50% or below the median income set for Polk County: Insert link to PDF
  • Provide income documentation as needed
  • The total assessed value of the property cannot exceed $95,000
  • Property taxes and assessments must be current

If you wish to apply for the Emergency Repair program, contact

Polk County Public Works

Housing Services Section

5885 NE 14th Street

Des Moines, Iowa  50313

Email: PublicWorks@polkcountyiowa.gov

Ph: 515-286-3356