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

CelebrAsian Festival 2017

CelebrAsian FestivalThe 15th Annual Asian Heritage Festival (CelebrAsian) will take place Memorial Day weekend.  With over 60,000 attendees, it is the largest Asian and Pacific Islander event in the state of Iowa.  The purpose of CelebrAsian is to increase public awareness of the cultural, social, political, and economic contributions of Asian Americans in Iowa.  It also serves to bring all the Asian American communities together as a critical mass in a single, unified event that showcases the heritage and contributions of Asian communities in Iowa through cultural exhibits, history, food, art, music, dance, and other activities. 

Location:     Western Gateway Park, 1000 Grand Avenue, Downtown Des Moines, Iowa
Dates:          May 26 & 27, 2017     11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Admission:  Free and open to the public

For more information, 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