Homelessness in our Community

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 homelessness in our community.

Iowa Institute for Community Alliances

Each year, the Iowa Institute for Community Alliances releases a snapshot report with comprehensive data of homeless shelter and services usage. You can read the full report here. Here are some highlights:

11,890

Iowans homeless in 2016

These homeless individuals were served by emergency shelters and other housing housing services.

1,257

Additional struggling Iowans

These additional individuals in need were served through permanent supportive housing.

24%

Homeless households including children

Nearly a quarter of all homeless households in Iowa in 2016 included children.

32%

Polk County Alone

Nearly a third of all homeless individuals in Iowa in 2016 are from Polk County.

Feeding America

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

12

of Iowans face food insecurity (376,240 people)

16.7

of children in Iowa are food insecure

54,560

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.

YOU can give hope!

YOU can give hope!

YOU can give hope!

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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