Providing Affordable Family Housing in Des Moines


Welcome to Oakridge Neighborhood - where we provide affordable housing and support services to move families to sustained self-sufficiency and self-reliance. .

Established in 1969, Oakridge Neighborhood has grown into 339-unit apartment community that more than 1,000 individuals and families call home. Located on 17 acres in central Des Moines, we offer urban living in a park-like setting.

Oakridge Neighborhood is housing and much more. With the support of Oakridge Neighborhood Services, we create a safe and secure living environment where families thrive and children succeed.

Oakridge Neighborhood Services is a donor supported organization that provides a wide range of programs and social services to help:

  • young children acquire early learning skills,
  • school age children succeed in the public school system,
  • young adults prepare for the world of work,
  • new immigrants assimilate into American culture, and
  • seniors live in dignity and financial security.

Oakridge Neighborhood - Success in 2013

  • 13 of 13 eligible seniors graduated from high school -- 9 are currently enrolled in college -- 4 are actively employed
  • 156 youth served in youth programming – Project OASIS and Be Real
  • 42 youth gained employment in Youth Summer Employment Program
  • Silver Oaks – affordable senior housing – was completed and opened
  • Three Oak Academy pre-school classrooms opened in Silver Oaks to accommodate innovative intergenerational learning opportunities
  • 48 adults were placed in jobs from the job readiness program
  • 18 individuals completed classes and received full citizenship


Programs & Services