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.


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Department Director Quoted in Huffington Post
The Department of Human Rights' staff had the privilege of participating in Huffington Post's "Listen to America" tour when they were in Des Moines, Iowa, in October.  Check out this article and photos that highlight the city of Des Moines and quotes DHR Director, San Wong:  Here's What People are Talking About in America Right Now. 

December 10 is International Human Rights Day

December 10 commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The Iowa Department of Human Rights works to protect and promote human rights inherent in all persons regardless of race, ethnicity, race, religion, sex, or any other status.   For example, we provide hope and dignity to families by empowering them to find a pathway out of poverty towards self-sufficiency ;  we strengthen communities when Iowans are empowered to participate in issues and decision making; and we improve justice and equity through reform and best practices.  We affirm our commitment to protect the fundamental freedoms to which all human are entitled.  

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.


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