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Affordable Housing Apartment Units

PRE-APPLY TODAY

Be the first to live at Fort Des Moines Living! Call us today to apply and reserve your new apartment. With an approved application, you'll be eligible to receive some great incentives, even free rent! 

About Us

Your New Home

Fort Des Moines Living offers completely renovated, affordable housing apartments located in the heart of Des Moines' south side. This urban community provides quiet streets, pleasant walking paths, and play areas. All buildings are designed with key fob access, on-site property management, and ALL UTILITIES ARE PAID FOR!


The historic structure remains in place but you won't believe what you see inside! Call us to come tour today and find out about our great signing specials. Reserve your apartment NOW before they're all gone!

Affordable Living*

Qualifications for the affordable housing units is dependent upon income level and household size, as well as student status. Please contact a leasing agent to see if you are eligible for affordable housing at Fort Des Moines Living.

Neighborhood Locations

Our location is within walking distance to Blank Park Zoo/Golf Course, as well as the South Suburban YMCA. It is within minutes of grocery stores, Southridge Mall, and other helpful services. Visit our Neighborhood Page to see a map of all nearby amenities.

Utilities Included & MORE!

The cost of electric, water, and waste disposal is included in the price of rent. Check out the amenities page to discover all of the amenities Fort Des Moines Living has to offer.

The History

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Fort Des Moines is one of only twenty-four national landmarks in Iowa. This site has significant history dating back to World War I & II. 


Fort Des Moines is recognized as the first place where black men were trained and commissioned as officers in the United States Army. This is also the home of the first Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps, where more than 72,000 women completed training to assist the War effort during World War II. The national historic site and some of the buildings date back to the turn of the twentieth century and have been adapted and reused for over one hundred years.

Post WWI through WWII (1920-1946)

 During this period, the facilities served as a cavalry base. With the transitions of war and advancements in technology, the Calvary regiment and fleet of horse left in the early ’40s. This gave rise to a newly defined purpose – the first Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps training center was created. With the introduction of automobiles, the roads and sidewalks as we see them today were developed. Following the war, the facilities were again repurposed to serve the needs of the returning veterans from war.

Post WWII (1946-Present)

  

In 1953, the City of Des Moines committed to taking over the fort grounds and progressively overtime public and private enterprises were added to the mix including the Blank Park Zoo in 1963, Iowa Reality Company in 1971, as well as a private owners of various enterprises in the early 1980s. The Des Moines South Medical Campus to the West was added later, along with a building used for social service, and a city park. 


Today, Blackbird Investments is converting four former barracks and two horse stables into 142 affordable housing units. Each apartment will be furnished with energy efficient appliances and the complex will be surrounded by 13 acres of green space and trail systems.