Community Action Agencies

The Division of Community Action Agencies addresses issues facing families by bringing resources for the elderly, disabled and the low-income to the community level.


Lt. Governor and Director San Wong to Participate in Capitol Girls Event

On February 9, 2016, the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Office on the Status of Women and the Girl Scouts will host an annual event for high school girls throughout the state of Iowa called Capitol Girls.  Young women will shadow a female legislator to learn how state laws and budgets are developed and passed.  Participants will also get the opportunity to hear Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds speak and learn how to be a successful woman in government.  Iowa Department of Human Rights Director, San Wong, will address the girls about leadership skills.  For more information about the event, click here

Women's History Month Video Contest

The Iowa Commission on the Status of Women introduces its first ever video contest to celebrate women’s history. Entries are open to teachers and their students in grades 5-12.  Two winning districts will be awarded a $500 prize to be used for school supplies for their classrooms.  The deadline for submission is March 1, 2016. For more information about the contest, click here.


Commissions, Boards & Councils

The DHR is your partner in building better communities for all who live here. We open doors, find answers, meet challenges and develop resources. We provide a link among agencies, nonprofits and outreach groups within the state, and between federal and state programs. Our approach stems from a Commission, Board and Council structure to ensure the distinct voices of all Iowans are heard.  If you are interested in serving on a commission or board, go to to learn more about the application process.


Boards & Councils