Building Permanent Housing and Community Services

Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing will build a 100-150-unit housing campus with no length of stay time limit. The program will provide wraparound supportive services for individuals who are extremely low income, homeless or facing unforeseen housing barriers. Trauma-informed and green design elements will be incorporated throughout the campus. The building design will support aging-in-place and the unique needs of individuals suffering from a brain injury. Studio apartments will feature a kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom. Community spaces, recreational areas, classrooms, treatment rooms, food pantry, commercial kitchen, dining space, laundry area, and numerous green spaces will be part of the campus design.

Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing addresses unmet needs by:

  • Addressing both homelessness and the need for affordable housing together in a campus setting, bringing long-term housing stability to those who need it most.
  • Enabling housing-vulnerable individuals to safely age-in-place and addressing the unique needs of those who suffer from traumatic brain injuries.
  • Incorporating the Mayo Clinic Model of Care by engaging a multi-disciplinary team of professionals to provide supportive, integrated care.
  • Developing social enterprise programs to support residents’ employment opportunities and generate long-term organizational sustainability.

We are not just creating housing — we are creating a healing environment. We are creating a home. Greater Des Moines Supportive Housing will provide connection, care, and belonging by offering programs and services designed to promote housing stability.

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