Community Action Agencies (CAA)

Serve as advocates for low-income, elderly and disabled Iowa residents. There are 18 Community Action Agencies serving all 99 counties in the State of Iowa with a variety of programs but with a common goal: Helping People Help Themselves.

Following is a list of services provided by the Community Action Agencies. Not every service is provided by every Community Action Agency, but if the service is not provided by your particular CAA agency, they will direct you where to go:

  • Employment services including job counseling, job placement, job training, skills training, senior placement and other employment services.
  • Education services including Head Start, day care, child development, ABE/GED classes, child care resources and referrals and other programs.
  • Income management services, including tax and rent rebate assistance, energy assistance* weatherization and other programs.
  • Housing services including home ownership and loan assistance, home repair and rehabilitation services, CHORE services, transitional housing and other projects.
  • Non-food emergency assistance services including cash assistance and loans, crisis intervention, donated goods and services, homeless aid and other emergency programs.
  •  Nutrition services include surplus food, food pantries and shelves, gardening, farmer’s market, WIC, Child and Adult Care Food Programs and other nutrition programs.
  • Linkages among antipoverty initiatives include family and individual counseling, transportation, neighborhood community development projects and others.
  • Health services include transportation to medical services, maternal and infant health programs, immunization programs, family planning services, drug and alcohol programs, rehabilitation treatments and support, dental screenings, prescription medications and other health programs.
  • Services include youth recreation; youth work experience, youth counseling and guidance, elderly activities and other youth and senior programs.

The Division of Community Action Agencies, located within the Iowa Department of Human Rights, works with the network of Community Action Agencies (CAA) throughout the state. The Directory lists each of the 18 Iowa Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) and provides all of the contact information.

If you wish to use the internet to find your Community Action Agency, go to: http://www.iowacommunityaction.com/. Once on the web page, you will see a map of Iowa on the left-hand side. You may:

  1. Click on an area of the map, and you will be directed to a page with agencies in that area
  2. Select a specific agency, which will show where that specific agency is located
  3. Select a specific county in Iowa, which will show you which agencies that county has to offer

CAA, FaDSS and FIP

The Division of Community Action Agencies, through the CAA network, administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS). The FaDSS is a supportive service to assist the Family Investment Program (FIP), which is Iowa’s cash assistance program under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. All FIP applicants and recipients are referred to PROMISE JOBS unless they are exempt. The second section of this Guidebook talks more extensively about the PROMISE JOBS program. To learn more about these programs, you may go here: http://www.dhs.iowa.gov/Consumers/Assistance_Programs/CashAssistance/FamilyInvestmentProgram.html

Community Action Agencies (CAA)

Serve as advocates for low-income, elderly and disabled Iowa residents. There are 18 Community Action Agencies serving all 99 counties in the State of Iowa with a variety of programs but with a common goal: Helping People Help Themselves.

Following is a list of services provided by the Community Action Agencies. Not every service is provided by every Community Action Agency, but if the service is not provided by your particular CAA agency, they will direct you where to go:

  • Employment services including job counseling, job placement, job training, skills training, senior placement and other employment services.
  • Education services including Head Start, day care, child development, ABE/GED classes, child care resources and referrals and other programs.
  • Income management services, including tax and rent rebate assistance, energy assistance* weatherization and other programs.
  • Housing services including home ownership and loan assistance, home repair and rehabilitation services, CHORE services, transitional housing and other projects.
  • Non-food emergency assistance services including cash assistance and loans, crisis intervention, donated goods and services, homeless aid and other emergency programs.
  •  Nutrition services include surplus food, food pantries and shelves, gardening, farmer’s market, WIC, Child and Adult Care Food Programs and other nutrition programs.
  • Linkages among antipoverty initiatives include family and individual counseling, transportation, neighborhood community development projects and others.
  • Health services include transportation to medical services, maternal and infant health programs, immunization programs, family planning services, drug and alcohol programs, rehabilitation treatments and support, dental screenings, prescription medications and other health programs.
  • Services include youth recreation; youth work experience, youth counseling and guidance, elderly activities and other youth and senior programs.

The Division of Community Action Agencies, located within the Iowa Department of Human Rights, works with the network of Community Action Agencies (CAA) throughout the state. The Directory lists each of the 18 Iowa Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) and provides all of the contact information.

If you wish to use the internet to find your Community Action Agency, go to: http://www.iowacommunityaction.com/. Once on the web page, you will see a map of Iowa on the left-hand side. You may:

  1. Click on an area of the map, and you will be directed to a page with agencies in that area
  2. Select a specific agency, which will show where that specific agency is located
  3. Select a specific county in Iowa, which will show you which agencies that county has to offer

CAA, FaDSS and FIP

The Division of Community Action Agencies, through the CAA network, administers the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and Family Development and Self Sufficiency (FaDSS). The FaDSS is a supportive service to assist the Family Investment Program (FIP), which is Iowa’s cash assistance program under the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. All FIP applicants and recipients are referred to PROMISE JOBS unless they are exempt. The second section of this Guidebook talks more extensively about the PROMISE JOBS program. To learn more about these programs, you may go here: http://www.dhs.iowa.gov/Consumers/Assistance_Programs/CashAssistance/FamilyInvestmentProgram.html