Category Archives: Neighborhood Revitalization

News about our work to offer housing rehabilitation and community development expertise to local neighborhoods.

Community Housing Initiatives condemns vandalism to Des Moines murals as community rallies to support repairs

Community Housing Initiatives works to make Iowa communities safe, inclusive places to live for everybody based in our conviction that people should be treated with care and respect.  Recently, we were all dismayed as murals sponsored by our community development program in Des Moines were defaced by symbols of hate.  We reject this destructive vandalism…

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Mural installation marks a sense of hope, opportunity in Capitol Park

If you’ve passed a 1905 two-story house on Cleveland Street near E. 13th Street lately, you’ve probably noticed something striking about the place:  A new mural by Joseph “Sentrock” Perez was installed at the end of June.  It depicts a masked figure nearly 15 feet tall speaking the words “We learned to fly without wings.” …

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Project Reinvest opens door for continued housing, community investment in East Bank neighborhoods

New $500,000 award will support range of housing, public art and infrastructure work Community Housing Initiatives, CHI, has announced receipt of a new $500,000 grant award to support the Viva East Bank neighborhood revitalization initiative focused on Des Moines’ Capitol East, Martin Luther King Jr. Park, and Capitol Park neighborhoods.  The funds will support numerous…

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Rehabilitation of home on E. 12th Street is first of many supporting neighborhood progress in Capitol Park

Community Housing Initiatives, Inc., a statewide housing nonprofit, celebrated the rehabilitation of its first rehabilitated home in Des Moines' Capitol Park neighborhood Nov. 1 with an open house for the community. The home is a 1908 four bedroom 2 1/2 story property on E. 12th Street.   "The home is beautiful, and it's been through…

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