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Homelessness in Iowa

There is a clear and pressing need for programs and services for homeless and hurting people in Central Iowa — and throughout our state and country. Below are some general stats about local homelessness.

Iowa Institute for Community Alliances

The Iowa Institute for Community Alliances releases data about homelessness in Iowa each year. You can read their latest Snapshot Report here. They also recently released an updated 2021 Point in Time Report.

11,777

homeless Iowans in 2019

These homeless individuals were served by emergency shelters and other housing housing services. (From the ICA 2020 Snapshot)

2,725

Iowans homeless on a single given night in 2021

This includes both sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals in Iowa on a single night. (Data from the ICA 2021 Point in Time Report)

576

homeless on a single night in Polk County alone

Of the 2,700+ homeless Iowans on a single night in 2021, more than 20% were in Polk County. (Data from the ICA 2021 Point in Time Report)

Feeding America

Feeding America provides information about the state of hunger in each state through their Map the Meal Gap initiative. According to their latest data:

9.7

of Iowans face food insecurity (305,100 people)

15.3%

of children in Iowa are food insecure (111,520 kids)

41,720

people face hunger regularly in Polk County alone

Community Collaboration

As Hope Ministries works to meet the needs of those who are homeless, hungry, abused or addicted in Central Iowa, we work closely with many other local critical service providers—including veterans’ resources, medical services and education opportunities.

Hope Ministries is a member agency of the Polk County Continuum of Care, as well as the Polk County Housing Continuum.

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By partnering with us, you'll help offer men, women and children the
solutions that give hope and change lives through God's love.

By partnering with us, you'll help offer men, women
and children the solutions that give hope
and change lives through God's love.

By partnering with us, you'll help offer men, women
and children the solutions that give hope
and change lives through God's love.

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