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.


Improving Lives, Strengethening Families

Empowerment is the foundation of the work of the Iowa Department of Human Rights.   When families become self-sufficient and independent, they lead productive lives and contribute to their community.   The Family Development & Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program assists families who experience barriers to self-sufficiency by providing home visits, helping the family set goals, and giving them support.  Below is testimony from a former FaDSS participant who met her goals, furthered her education and employment, and became self-sufficient. 

“When I first started the program, I was homeless with four children, no job, and just left my ex-husband due to physical abuse.  My FaDSS workers and I created goals.  I achieved getting all the utilities in my name, started employment, and started paying rent.  I completed and received a diploma.  After college, I found affordable housing.  My FaDSS workers gave me the confidence to become more self-sufficient. I now can prepare my own taxes, financially maintain a household, and was able to get my divorce by doing it on my own.    I greatly appreciate the FaDSS program for helping me and my family get the courage to be empowered to live life at the fullest.” 

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