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.


Empowering a Generation 

The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Youth Empowerment Program (Y.E.P.) seeks to build a strong foundation for communities by empowering youth to create a positive path to their future.  Youth Empowerment Day was held at the Iowa state capitol on July 29, 2016.  Booths were exhibited in the capitol rotunda from nonprofit organizations and state agencies that provide programming to help young people reach their goals.  The event included speakers who provided information about on-line and social media safety, financial literacy, rights and responsibilities, and making positive choices.    

Kim Cheeks and Sonia Reyes-Snyder

Kristen Corey and Sanjita Pradhan


YEP Photo

YEP Public Safety

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