About Homelessness

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the state of homelessness in Iowa. Below is a collection of recent statistics and links to studies.

Iowa Institute for Community Alliances

Point in Time Report: For the past several summers, the Iowa Institute for Community Alliances has released a summer "point in time" report to capture current trends in homelessness in Polk County. According to the 2013 Point in Time Report:

  • There were a total of 595 households (including both those with children and those without) in emergency and transitional shelters. 339 of those were in emergency shelter and 256 in transitional housing.
  • There were a total of 427 people ine mergency shelter and 416 in transitional shelter--totaling 843 people currently being served by homeless shelters in Polk County.
  • Of those in emergency shelters:
    • 79 are facing chronic substance abuse
    • 46 are veterans
    • 79 are victims of domestic violence
  • Of those in transitional shelters:
    • 142 are facing chronic substance abuse
    • 68 are veterans
    • 104 are victims of domestic violence

To download and read the full July 31, 2013 Point in Time Report, click here.

2012 Annual Report: Each year the Iowa Institute releases a report describing trends and services related to homelessness. Data for the report is drawn from the Statewide Homeless Management Information System. According to the 2012 report:

  • 16,238 Iowans were homeless in 2012
  • 19,786 Iowans were at risk of homelessness
  • 33,969 people in total were served by homeless organizations
  • In Polk County specifically, 5,137 were homeless (down 3.6% from 2011) and 2,193 were at-risk

To download and read the Iowa Institute's full 2012 Annual Report, click here.

Feeding America

According to Feeding America, 12.9% of Iowa households--or a total of 395,620 people--are "food insecure." 19.3% of Iowa's children are food insecure.

Nationwide, in 2012, 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households--33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.

To learn more about local and national hunger issues, visit www.feedingamerica.org. 

AGRM Snapshot Survey

Every year, the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions completes a snapshot survey of homelessness throughout the U.S. Read the most recent national survey here.


Verse of the Month

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."

-Romans 8:28




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