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.


May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month #APHAM

Celebrated annually in May, APHAM commemorates the achievements and contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders. Join us at the CelebrAsian Festival on May 25-26, 2018, 11 am - 10 pm at Western Gateway Park in Des Moines. Entertainment, food, and cultural exhibits will be featured.  
Come visit our tent - Department of Human Rights Office of Asian & Pacific Islander Affairs - on Grand Avenue to learn how you can be involved with DHR initiatives and increase diversity and representation on state boards and commissions and become more civically engaged.
Visit the Iowa Asian Alliance website:



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