Oakridge Neighborhood

Come Home To Oakridge

Since 1969, Oakridge Neighborhood has worked at the intersection of community and opportunity. A nonprofit housing and human services agency located in Des Moines’ urban core, Oakridge serves the communities’ most vulnerable children and families by providing safe, affordable housing–coupled with wraparound services–to create opportunities for individual and family success.
Oakridge is Iowa’s largest project based Section 8 housing complex (300 housing units) and is currently home to individuals representing 17 countries where over 24 languages are spoken.There are over 1000 residents living in Oakridge making it larger than 68% of the 947 cities in the state of Iowa.

  • 51% of all Oakridge residents are children between the ages of 0-18.
  • 78% of the children residing in Oakridge are from single parent households with an average annual income of $10,656.01. Of those families where there is at least one adult working full or part time (84% of households) the average annual income is $18,608.

Oakridge is unique in its ability to provide for the most basic of needs of low-income and refugee families through quality government assisted permanent housing in conjunction with human services – making Oakridge an integral part of the greater Des Moines housing and human services continuum.