The Weatherization Assistance Program is a federal grant program designed to reduce home heating and cooling costs for low-income persons, particularly the elderly, disabled, and families with young children by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Indoor air quality and other health and safety issues are also addressed. The program uses trained crews and contractors and the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available in the housing industry.
A household is eligible for assistance if the household is receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Family Investment Program (FIP) Assistance, or if the household’s annual income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. Find more information on how to apply for weatherization assistance through our bureau page.
In recent years, Iowa’s juvenile justice system has become ever more committed to the use of data and research in all of its processes. Implementing the JJRP, first in three judicial districts and then statewide, builds on this commitment with benefits at both the service and system levels.
The JJRP implements an integrated set of evidence-based and cost-measurement tools that will enable service providers to more effectively impact recidivism among delinquent youth and system officials to make better informed decisions about resources and service arrays for justice-involved youth.
It is expected that the juvenile justice system will achieve outcomes related to reduced recidivism, increased public safety, and lower costs. This initiative should also have a positive impact on school attendance and achievement, substance abuse, mental health, and behavioral outcomes among justice-involved youth.
The Iowa Collaboration for Youth Development (ICYD) Council members are leaders of 10 state agencies with the vision that “All Iowa youth will be safe, healthy, successful, and prepared for adulthood”. Since becoming a formalized council, ICYD Council members agreed that the collaborative efforts should target a specific and aggressive goal for the state: By 2020 Iowa will increase the graduation rate from 89% to 95%.Several issues (e.g. substance abuse, family, employment, and mental health) prevent many youth from graduating from high school. The ICYD Council work to address these issues as individual agencies and together as a team to maximize efficiency in state government, make the best use of existing resources, and create substantial and lasting positive changes for Iowa’s youth. Read more about ICYD’s activities on its website.
A prior study committee identified the arrest of youth in the school setting as one of the highest areas of minority overrepresentation in juvenile justice system decision making. For example, minority youth comprise 35 percent of the combined high school student population for the Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo School Districts, and 46 percent of the arrests in those schools (2006-07 Des Moines, Sioux City, and Waterloo, Police Departments - High School Arrest Data).
As a result, a committee charged with implementing recommendations from the study committee developed a sample cooperative agreement (CA) to be shared with local jurisdictions. The CA is an attempt to assist defining the roles of schools, law enforcement, private providers, and the courts in relation to the referral of youth from the school setting to the juvenile court. A key aspect of the school-to-court effort will involve the collection standardized data across the multiple sites. A state-level provider, the University of Iowa, is contractually required to assist with the local data collection effort.