Warren County

Date of HBI Establishment: January 2016
Website: Warren County
Contact: Kathy Fensterman / 515-961-1045
Cities: Des Moines, Indianola, West Des Moines

An Introduction to Home Base Iowa Cities

Home Base Iowa communities provide additional resources and discounts for veterans who relocate to these communities. The incentives stand alone or complement those offered by the county and state. Communities have passed a city council resolution supporting the program, provide an incentive/welcome package, ensure 10 percent of eligible businesses are involved with Home Base Iowa and are able to purchase Home Base Iowa signage.

Des Moines

Home Base Iowa (HBI) communities offer valuable incentives for veterans who relocate to their community. Please contact the community point of contact or county veteran director for more information.

In Des Moines, incentives include:

Home Base Iowa Community Established: June 2017

Indianola

Home Base Iowa (HBI) communities offer valuable incentives for veterans who relocate to their community. Please contact the community point of contact or county veteran director for more information.

In Indianola, incentives include:

  • A $1,500 incentive to qualified veterans purchasing a home within Indianola.  

Home Base Iowa Community Established: May 2016

West Des Moines

Home Base Iowa (HBI) communities offer valuable incentives for veterans who relocate to their community. Please contact the community point of contact or county veteran director for more information.

In West Des Moines, incentives include:

Home Base Iowa Community Established: September 2015

Iowa National Guard Family Services

Warrior and Family Services Brand of the Iowa National Guard

The Warrior & Family Services Branch is a Joint Force initiative that provides assistance to all military families, regardless of branch or component, who find themselves beyond the support capability of active duty military facilities or their home units. The Warrior & Family Services Branch acts as a network that allows families to mutually support one another. By providing families with information, resources and support, the program strengthens both the unit and service members. To learn more about these services, visit Warrior & Family Services.

Non-Profit Veteran Support Organizations

The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic, war-time veteran organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is a community-service organization which has reached nearly three million members, men and women at almost 15,000 American Legion posts worldwide. These posts are organized into 55 departments -- one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines. The American Legion's national headquarters is in Indianapolis, with additional offices in Washington, D.C. The American Legion Department of Iowa is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.  The Department Service Office is located in the Federal Building in Des Moines, with an additional office located in the VA Medical Center in Iowa City. Visit the Iowa Legion or email: info@ialegion.org.

County Veteran Director

County service offices assist veterans with compensation/pensions, medical care, military records, grave markers and veteran home loans. Some counties may also have dedicated funds to assist with temporary shelter/utilities, food/health supplies, medical/dental, job placement, counseling and transportation. To learn more, visit the County Veterans Office. The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs, with the support of citizens, recognizes and honors Iowa’s veterans and their families by providing the highest quality programs, services and benefits. Each of Iowa’s 99 counties has a Commissioner of Veterans Affairs and a county director. Veterans may wish to utilize the county office as the first point of contact.   

An Introduction to CHAMPs

Iowa's Certified Higher Academic Military Partners (CHAMPs) offer higher education incentives to qualified veterans, their spouses and dependents. Benefits include in-state tuition rates, on-campus support, credit for military courses and special financial considerations.

Drake University

Drake University is recognized as one of the finest institutions of higher learning in the Midwest. A mid-sized, private university in Des Moines, Iowa, we offer the benefits and resources of a larger institution along with the advantages of intimate class sizes and close personal relationships. Our mission is to provide an exceptional learning environment that prepares students for meaningful personal lives, professional accomplishments, and responsible global citizenship.

Simpson College

Simpson College is a four-year institution located in Indianola with an enrollment of 1,400 full-time students. Simpson also has campuses in West Des Moines and Ankeny and is a United Methodist affiliated, independent, undergraduate, coeducational, liberal arts college. Simpson College offers a nurturing academic environment and is close to career and entertainment options that Iowa's capital city offers.



 

  • Home Incentives:
    • County: Provide $1,000 to up to ten veterans per year who purchase their first home in Warren County.
    • Indianola: The first ten veterans who purchase a home as their primary residence in Indianola will receive a $1,500 incentive.
    • Milo: First ten veterans who purchase a home as their primary residence in Milo will receive a $500 incentive.
    • Norwalk: New home incentive is abatement of 1/3 of the value of the home, up to $75,000 for five years.
    • Carlisle: 100% tax abatement for five years on new home construction.
  • Business Incentive
    • WCEDC will be offering a $1,000 incentive to any veteran who opens a new business, or any existing veteran owned business that is expanding. The funds will be available to the first ten veterans per year.