The Community Action movement was created in 1964, as result of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.  Since that time, Community Action has become a national network of local agencies that exist to develop solutions to poverty.

More than 278,000 Iowans are assisted annually by Iowa’s 16 community action agencies through a wide range of programs and services that are at the forefront of innovative strategies to empower low-income citizens to become self-sufficient and full participants in their communities.

Iowa’s community action agencies are locally-based private, non-profit organizations that network with a wide-array of local organizations to enhance the opportunities for low-income Iowans to meet basic needs and develop their own capacity to do so.

Iowa’s community action agencies possess extremely efficient and effective delivery systems that maximize the federal, state, and local resources in providing services to citizens in all of Iowa’s 99 counties, with $277 million invested in the futures of low-income Iowans during federal fiscal year 2022.

Iowa’s community action agencies, in partnership with the Iowa Community Action Association and the Division of Community Action Agencies, are committed to helping low-income Iowans change their lives by breaking the cycle of poverty and removing the barriers to achieve self-sufficiency.

For more information regarding Iowa’s community action agencies, contact the Iowa Community Action Association community action agency outreach office.

The Community Action Agencies (CAA) Unit addresses issues facing low-income families by bringing resources to the community level.  We link state and federal programs with 16 existing Community Action Agencies and other community based organizations across the state to effectively serve qualified Iowans. 


The programs delivered by CAA strengthen local communities and help Iowa's low-income families and individuals become more economically self-sufficient by: