Community Action Agency
Des Moines Community Action Agency (Community Services) works with low-income residents to provide crisis assistance and provide some tools to help low-income residents gain personal and economic self-sufficiency. Most low-income programs are available to households with annual gross income meeting 150% of federal poverty guidelines.
Community Action Agency
1618 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Phone: (515) 248-6216
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Des Moines Community Action Agency / Red Rock Area Community Action Program
The Des Moines City Council has authorized the negotiation of an agreement that would move the services being provided to the residents of the City by the Des Moines Community Action Agency to the Red Rock Area Community Action Program. Red Rock is a private non-profit community action agency which currently serves Polk County (non-Des Moines residents) along with Boone, Jasper, Marion and Warren counties. Des Moines Community Action Agency serves residents of the City of Des Moines with programs that assist low-income families such as LIHEAP or energy assistance, financial education, and food pantry, to name a few.
A public informational meeting was held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Park Fair Mall. You may still express your opinion at email@example.com.
For additional information, see the DMCAA Letter to the Public.
Community Action Program
Des Moines Community Action Agency is charged with providing services to the City's low-income families and trying to address and eliminate causes of poverty. The City became a public Community Action Agency (CAA) in 1977.
The beginnings of Community Action can be found in the signing of the federal Equal Opportunity Act in 1964. There are now 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the U.S. The City of Des Moines is one of eighteen Community Action Agencies serving Iowa.
Today the proven grassroots techniques originated in Community Action are used by many other organizations and agencies to initiate change.
Low-Income Assistance Programs
Des Moines Community Action Agency works with low-income residents within Des Moines corporate city limits to provide crisis assistance and provide tools to help low-income residents gain personal and economic self-sufficiency. Unless otherwise specified, low-income programs are available to households with annual gross incomes at or below 150% of federal poverty guidelines. List of Low-Income Assistance Program
City of Des Moines Links
State of Iowa Links
Des Moines Community Action Agency is working on a strategic plan to strengthen operations and better deliver the programs and services that the community needs. We are currently focused on reaching out to residents in the city to gain feedback and discover what the community needs.
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