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.


CJJP Receives Smart on Juvenile Justice Grant

October is National Youth Justice Awareness Month

The Iowa Department of Human Rights-Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning recently received a $270,891 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice-Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  The goal of the Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Planning Grant is to reduce recidivism, improve outcomes for youth, reduce racial disparities, and increase public safety through the development of a comprehensive statewide plan.  The 24-month planning process will begin October 1, 2016.  This grant was received in time for National Youth Justice Awareness Month (October).  Communities are encouraged to participate in activities and programs that help youth fulfill their greatest potential.  This month of observance focuses on preventing youth from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems.

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