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.


Department of Human Rights Day

DHR Day and the Legislative Breakfast will be held on February 23, 2017, from 7:00-9:00 a.m. in the Capitol Rotunda.   The program will begin at 7:30 with speakers and the Lt. Governor.  Various board and commissions will also meet that day.  For more information, click: DHR Day Flyer.  

Justice Reform for Girls

Iowa is seeing an increase of girls in the number of arrests, court cases, and detention.  For the past year, the Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning, in partnership with the Friends of the Iowa Commission on the Status of Women and the Iowa Task Force for Young Women, conducted a study to identify issues and gaps related to girls in Iowa’s juvenile justice system.   They have released a report entitled “Serious, Violent and Chronic Juvenile Female Offenders: Service and System Recommendations for Iowa”.  The report contains recommendations for policy and practices to better meet the needs of troubled girls.  As an alternative to detention, the focus is on family and community-based support services. The recommendations must be implemented using an approach that is gender-based, developmentally appropriate, and culturally responsive.  View the full report here.  

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