Innovative structural panels create a more energy efficient Southern Pointe

Special insulated panels sped construction at Southern Pointe Apartments while providing a more comfortable energy efficient final property. Southern Pointe Apartments is our latest new apartment community, offering 3 and 4 bedroom apartments in Spencer, Iowa.  The building offers larger apartments that are badly needed in Clay County and the Iowa Great Lakes Region generally,…

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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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Service activities highlight Community Housing Initiatives continued commitment to Spencer

Serving communities statewide, CHI remains committed to Northwest Iowa Staff assembled little free libraries which will be placed at CHI apartment communities to allow anyone who wishes to take or leave a book. It is part family reunion, part training seminar, and part service event as 33 staff of Community Housing Initiatives converge on Spencer…

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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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Roosevelt School Apartments honored for excellence in historic preservation

Roosevelt School Apartments in Clinton, formerly the Clinton Community School District’s administration building, has been recognized as Iowa’s top historic adaptive use restoration for 2017 by Preservation Iowa, a statewide nonprofit advocate for historic preservation. Roosevelt School Apartments received the “Preservation at Its Best” award June 8 at the 2017 Preserve Iowa Summit, in Fort…

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Pre-construction open house planned for West Des Moines Phenix Elementary

Event offers opportunity to learn about plans for artist apartments, share memories of historic school Community Housing Initiatives, the nonprofit responsible for converting West Des Moines historic Phenix Elementary to mixed-income artist apartments, has announced an open house at the property Monday, June 12, from 4 to 7 pm. “With this event, we are also…

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When it’s about more than just preserving a building

Picture it: Community leaders and neighbors gather at Phenix Elementary in West Des Moines to hail the public-private partnership that saved a historic school. A community takes pride in the fact that one of its landmark buildings is protected for another generation, and hundreds of area residents pack the building for a first look inside.…

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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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