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

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

HEATHER

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

Read Her Story

ABDI

“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

Learn More

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

Get Started

Your path toward homeownership starts here! Here’s how it works:
  • You submit your intake form (see below or call 515-471-8686).
  • When your name is up on the waitlist, our team will contact you to arrange an intake appointment and let you know what to bring to that appointment. (Currently, we estimate that it will be about a 4-week to 6-week wait before we can schedule your appointment. We appreciate your patience!)
  • During your intake appointment, we’ll review the information you provide and determine what path is right for you, depending on things like your household income and credit history:
    • Immediate entry into the homeownership program, where you’ll get started on your path to purchasing a home with an affordable mortgage
    • OR connection with our Mortgage Ready counseling team, who will help you with a unique plan to prepare you to enter the homeownership program or purchase a home on your own
    • OR if your housing needs don’t align with what we offer, we’ll connect you with other community resources

Not sure if you would qualify? We want you to apply anyway! Our team is prepared to help you create a personalized roadmap toward homeownership, no matter what your situation may be.

Intake Form  |  Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Intake Form  |  Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity

Complete this form and hit submit at the bottom to share your information with GDM Habitat for Humanity and join the waitlist for our Homeownership Program











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

515-471-8686

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

East Euclid ReStore

2200 E. Euclid Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50317

515-309-0224

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

Urbandale ReStore

4033 NW Urbandale Dr.
Urbandale, Iowa 50322

515-309-0224

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