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.


DHR Releases Ten-Year Iowa Prison Population Forecast


The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning has released the FY 2016 - FY 2026 Prison Population Forecast.  This forecast is a projection of Iowa’s prison population, in the absence of system reforms, over the next ten years.

Iowa's prison population is expected to increase from 8,196 inmates on June 30, 2016, to a projected 10,648 inmates on June 30, 2026. This results in a 30 percent increase over the ten-year period if current offender behaviors and justice system trends, policies, and practices continue.  The report may be found at this link:

Latino Affairs Commissioner Receives Immigrant Business Award

Congratulations to Sal Alaniz of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa, for receiving the Karen L. Evans Award (Immigrant Champion Award) from the Immigrant Entrepreneur Summit.  Mr. Alaniz is a member of the Latino Affairs Commission and Iowa Department of Human Rights Board.  The award is given to a non-immigrant who is dedicated to making a positive impact on the immigrant community.  Among his many activities and work, Mr. Alaniz is is committed to improving the lives of the Hispanic community and other underrepresented populations in Iowa.  
Alaniz IES Award

 Mr. Alaniz (third from left) receives award   from Governor Terry Branstad. 

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