The City of West Des Moines has been an entitlement community under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program since 2005. Entitlement communities include local governments with 50,000 or more residents, other local governments designated as central cities of metropolitan areas, and urban counties with populations of at least 200,000. West Des Moines is an entitlement community because it is considered a local government with 50,000 or more residents.


A draft 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report (CAPER) has been completed which describes the programs and actions completed with CDBG dollars during the 2017-18 program year.  A 15-day public comment period begins October 12, 2018 and ends October 25, 2018.  Comments on the draft CAPER may be submitted in several ways:

  • Phone by calling 515-273-0770
  • Email to
  • Mail to Community & Economic Development Department, Attn: Christine Gordon, 4200 Mills Civic Parkway, West Des Moines, IA 50265
  • Fax to 515-222-3459

The 2017-18 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) CAPER is tentatively scheduled on the October 29, 2018 City Council agenda for final approval.

 To review the 2017-18 draft CDBG CAPER click here.


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has identified the City of West Des Moines as a potential grantee for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.  As an entitlement city, West Des Moines would be eligible for HUD funds to address defined needs in the community.  A draft Consolidated Plan has been completed which defines the needs of the community and describes the programs proposed to be funded through the CDBG Program.

The current plans related to the CDBG Program are:

The CDBG program has a twelve month timeline. The program year begins July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year. Click here for more information on the funding allocations to date.

The programs funded for the 2018-2019 Community Development Block Grant funds are:

  • Housing - Rental Acquisition - The City will acquire single family rental units to be transitioned into owner-occupied affordable homes for sale.   
  • Transportation – Provide free use of Des Moines Metropolitan Transportation Authority for qualified applicants to use the system throughout the entire metro area for access to employment, shopping and medical facilities.
  • Housing - Provide homeless prevention dollars for utilities and eviction notices.    
  • Administration – Administration of the Community Development Block Grant Program.