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.


Low-Income, High Energy  

paying billsThe Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)  is a federally-funded program that we administer that hat helps low-income households with their home energy bills.  Targeted households include those with children, elderly or disabled members.  LIHEAP can help you stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of health and safety problems, such as illness, fire, or eviction.  The Iowa LIHEAP Program serves more than $80,000 household annually.  For more information, click on the Division of Community Action Agencies tab on this website. 

In the news:  This article from Public News Service sheds some light on the benefits and impact of federal funding.  

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