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.
Des Moines Community Action Agency
100 E Euclid Avenue, Suite 101
Des Moines IA 50313
Phone: (515) 283-4180
Site Office Location
Des Moines Community Action Agency
1618 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50314
Phone: (515) 248-6216
The Garden Program
The Garden Program helps families grow food in their personal gardens. Applications will be taken beginning Tuesday, April 1, 2014 and will run through June 30, 2014 or until funds are exhausted (a limited number of certificates are available and they are distributed on a first come first served basis). The $25.00 certificate from Hy-Vee Garden Centers is for vegetable and fruit seeds and plants.
Residents are eligible if they are:
1. Under 150% of the Federal poverty level.
2. Household income must be verified for all household members in the past 30 days or LIHEAP approval.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is designed to assist low-income families meet the cost of home heating. This program is not intended to pay a household's total energy costs, but to pay a portion of residential heating costs for eligible households. Benefits will be in the form of a credit applied to your heating bill by your utility company.
Applications are accepted on a first come/first served basis from November 1 through April 30. A Notice of Approval or Denial to all applicants will be sent within 30 days of receipt of application. The initial determination of eligibility and benefit amount is subject to review, and payments are dependent on the availability of federal funds.
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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
Click here to apply for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) on-line.
After you have submitted your application please call us at 515-248-6216.
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.
Please consider taking our brief survey. Your input is highly valued and will help us to better serve you and our community.