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Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS)


On March 24, 2022 the Family Development and Self-Sufficiency (FaDSS) Council approved the grant applications for the service areas listed in the table below for the FaDSS grant cycle years 2023-2025. 

Counties Served 

Grantee Awarded

Osceola, Dickinson, Emmet, O’Brien, Clay, Palo Alto, Buena Vista, Pocahontas, Humboldt, Wright, Webster, Hamilton

Upper Des Moines Opportunity

Kossuth, Winnebago, Worth, Mitchell, Hancock, Cerro Gordo, Floyd, Franklin, Butler

North Iowa Community Action Organization

Howard, Winneshiek, Allamakee, Chickasaw, Fayette, Clayton, Bremer

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation

Grundy, Blackhawk, Buchanan

Operation Threshold

Delaware, Dubuque, Benton, Linn, Jones, Iowa, Johnson, Washington

Four Oaks Family and Children's Services

Jackson, Clinton, Cedar, Muscatine, Scott

Community Action of Eastern Iowa

Louisa, Henry, Des Moines, Lee

Community Action of Southeast Iowa

Mahaska, Keokuk, Wapello, Jefferson, Appanoose, Davis, Van Buren

Sieda Community Action

Hardin, Story, Marshall, Tama, Jasper, Poweshiek, Warren, Marion

Mid-Iowa Community Action, Inc.

Adair, Madison, Adams, Union, Clarke, Lucas, Monroe, Taylor, Ringgold, Decatur, Wayne

South Central Iowa Community Action Program

Monona, Crawford, Harrison, Shelby, Pottawattamie, Cass, Mills, Montgomery, Fremont, Page

West Central Community Action 


Polk County Family Enrichment Center

Carroll, Greene, Boone, Audubon, Guthrie, Dallas

Community Opportunities dba New Opportunities. 


Community Action Agency of Siouxland

Lyon, Sioux, Plymouth, Cherokee, Ida, Sac, Calhoun

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc.

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Family Iowa families are strong, resourceful, and resilient. The Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS) program will provide your family with the support and encouragement you need to build on the strengths you already have.  We’re there for you – every step of the way.

Development Our Family Development Specialists work with you where you feel most comfortable – in your own home. We will assist in connecting your family to resources such as housing, food and energy assistance, transportation, counseling, and parent education.

Self-Sufficiency We work with your entire family to identify your priorities, set goals, and celebrate progress in moving towards self-sufficiency.

Eligibility If you are receiving Family Investment Program (FIP) cash benefits and participate in PROMISE JOBS, FaDSS can help you reach your goals.

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“Words can’t express my experience in this program.  I will never forget how my Specialist treated me and my granddaughter.  I benefited from setting monthly goals, making myself and my household organized and accountable.  We always looked forward to our visits.“ - former FaDSS family

"FaDSS has helped me become more organized and also helped me realize that I am able to help myself and my family." - former FaDSS family

 Contact a Family Development Specialist in your area to learn more.