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.


API Civic Engagement Series, Part II

The Iowa Office of Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs will offer the second in a three part series on Civic Engagement on Thursday, November 19, 2015 at the DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in Building 1, Room #103.  All are invited to join the conversation with state, local and national leaders.  For more information and to RSVP contact Sanjita Pradhan at 515-281-4219 or

Second Chance Act Reentry Grant

The Department of Human Rights' Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) was recently awarded a $735,000 competitive Second Chance Act Reentry Implementation Grant from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Iowa will focus on a 12-month period to reduce recidivism in Iowa’s juvenile justice system by enhancing reentry services for youth returning to their families and communities.

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.


Boards & Councils