In addition to building and preserving safe, quality, and affordable homes, GDM Habitat advocates for funding, policy, and systems change.


All Iowans deserve to have a safe, decent, and affordable place to call home. Unfortunately, more than 1 in 8 central Iowa households spend half or more of their income on housing. That means they face tough choices between housing and healthcare, nutritious food, education, transportation, and more.

Greater Des Moines Habitat believes that homeownership is key to building stronger families, neighborhoods, and communities in central Iowa.  We work on a variety of housing policies at the local, state and federal levels to expand the opportunity of homeownership for central Iowans. We educate policy makers, local leaders, and the public on the importance of homeownership and craft solutions to help central Iowans achieve homeownership.

Through Habitat’s Cost of Home advocacy campaign, we’re committed to finding solutions, not just in Iowa, but across the country to ensure that everyone can afford the cost of home.

We welcome your voice as Habitat brings together community, partner families, and volunteers to guide community leaders and policymakers to make informed decisions about policies affecting affordable homeownership. To learn more about Habitat’s advocacy and policy efforts and how you can be involved, contact Government Relations and Advocacy Manager Rachel Ong at


Become an active partner in our work to create, preserve, and champion homeownership affordability!  Sign up for Action Alerts and amplify your voice to support housing in central Iowa.


Staying connected with your local and state leaders is essential to moving housing funding and policy initiatives forward to effect long term change.


Learn more about our advocacy and legislative priorities and how we work with housing partners to improve housing policy and increase homeownership opportunities for Central Iowans.


Over the next five years, Habitat commits to mobilizing local Habitat organizations, partners, volunteers, and community members across the country to find the solutions and help create the policies that will allow 10 million individuals to meet their most basic needs. Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity is participating in this much needed advocacy campaign to ensure everyone can afford the cost of home.


Habitat for Humanity affiliates gather annually at the Iowa Capitol for Habitat’s Day at the Capitol to meet in person with Iowa legislators on Habitat’s state priorities. In 2022, affiliates, partner families, advocates, and staff from across the state met with Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, and nearly 40 legislators to share Habitat’s mission and affordable homeownership initiatives.

Habitat’s Day at the Capitol will be Thursday, February 2, 2023. Interested in attending? Contact Rachel Ong at

GDM Habitat for Humanity

95 University Ave., Suite 1
Des Moines, Iowa 50314


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