Over the last 30+ years, GDM Habitat has helped more than 400 individuals and families become homeowners. We have a proven record of success. Join us and partner to become a Habitat homeowner!

Own your home with an affordable mortgage

Every day, we partner with hard-working families and individuals throughout Central Iowa to build comfortable, high-quality homes with affordable mortgages – a much better solution than paying more to rent a whole lot less!

We can help you buy a home you love with a mortgage you can afford. As a Habitat homebuyer, you can purchase a home with a low-interest mortgage and affordable monthly payments. Our trained Family Services team works with every Habitat homebuyer to ensure that they are financially ready for homeownership, as well as equipped with important information about home maintenance, homeowners insurance, property taxes, and more.

Are you eligible?

You may be if…

  • You have a need for affordable housing
  • You are willing to partner with Habitat
  • You meet our financial eligibility guidelines
See all requirements (PDF)

A trusted partner on your homebuying journey

Every Habitat homebuyer is paired with a member of our Family Services team. These experts walk you through the home buying process from the day your application is accepted to the day you receive your keys. Step by step, they are your supportive guides on your journey to affordable homeownership.

More than 30 years of proven success

Beginning with our very first home in 1987, GDM Habitat has helped more than 400 families and individuals navigate the home buying process and successfully close on their new home.
Will you be a part of the next generation of Habitat homeowners?

Training and education to help you succeed

Buying a home can be a daunting prospect. At Habitat, we can equip you with the tools and information you need to feel confident in your homeownership journey. Through one-on-one counseling and group education, you’ll learn about all aspects of homeownership, from finances to fixes. We’ll even help you gain hands-on experience through our Sweat Equity program.

What our homeowners have to say

“We have a big family, so we need a safe place to raise our family. Everyone is happy that we’ll get a new home.”  – Saidi

“I didn’t realize I could qualify. I wish I would have done it eight years ago.”  – Shirley

“There are hundreds of things that we want to do in the house that we can’t in our apartment, but there are two big things. We need space to practice, observe, and celebrate our religion – we don’t have that in our apartment. The second thing is that our family comes from an agricultural background, and growing food is a part of life.”  – Radha

“Paying rent has been a lot since 2013. I could’ve been paying on a house. I want something in my name, an investment for my family.”  – Mayar


“Having a home now, a forever home brings a sense of security to all of us.”

Read Her Story


“I want them to give back, just the way that Habitat provided for us, I want them to volunteer for the community, help the community.”

Hear His Story

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Want more information about how our home buying process works? Have questions about our requirements?
How the program works

Get Started

Start your application for homeownership opportunities in Polk County

If your application is accepted, the homeownership program typically takes between 12 and 24 months to complete. To begin your application, complete the pre-screening form using either our online form or a paper form and submit it during an Open Application Period.
2022 Open Application Periods
  • To be announced. Check back here for more info.
The online form will only allow applications during an Open Application Period, but you can prepare a paper application in advance.
In-person assistance provided by Habitat staff will be available during normal office hours.
During these weeks, you can visit our offices at 2200 E. Euclid Ave, Des Moines IA 50317, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am-4:00 pm.
In addition to the pre-screening form (either the paper or online version), applicants must provide the following:
  • $25.00 money order (refundable and payable to GDMHFH) or online payment for credit report fee.
  • Copies of your three most recent months of pay stubs or income history for all adults living in the household.
  • A copy of a valid photo ID for any applicant.

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Pre-Screening Form Instructions


The online form will be available during our next open application period.
Start the Online Pre-Screening Form

Pre-Screening Form Instructions


To complete your pre-screening form using the paper form, download and print the PDF. You may also contact us to have a pre-screening form mailed to you.
After completing your pre-screening form, mail it to:
Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity
ATTN: Leah Hall
P.O. Box 716
Des Moines, IA 50303
Mailed forms must be postmarked within an Open Application Period. Forms and required documentation must be submitted through the online form or by mail; we are unable to accept pre-screening forms and documents at the office or by email.
Download the Pre-Screening Form (PDF)

Fair Housing

We Do Business in Accordance with the Federal Fair Housing Law

We are pledged to the letter and spirit of U.S. policy for the achievement of equal housing opportunity throughout the Nation. We encourage and support an affirmative advertising and marketing program in which there are no barriers to obtaining housing because of race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status, or national origin.

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Interpreters available upon request.

GDM Habitat for Humanity

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317


Office Hours
Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 4:00pm

East Euclid ReStore

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317


Store Hours
Mon. – Sat. 9:00am – 6:00pm

Urbandale ReStore

4033 NW Urbandale Dr.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322


Store Hours
Mon. – Sat. 9:00am – 6:00pm