This grant-funded project not only fulfilled a need for safe, affordable housing for low-income seniors in Des Moines’ River Bend neighborhood, it provided an attractive addition to an Enterprise Zone seeking projects that stimulate reinvestment into the community.
The Apartments of River Trace feature 36 one-bedroom apartments and a two-bedroom manager’s apartment. Additional spaces include an office, exercise room, restrooms and laundry. The community room with kitchenette is utilized regularly for potlucks and celebrations that foster a sense of fellowship. The project also created space for community partner organizations to provide support services, connecting residents with beneficial health and educational opportunities that further enhance their quality of life.