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Polk County Continuum of Care brings community members together to end homelessness in Polk County


In 2018, over 3600 people were served by emergency homeless shelters in Polk County.


The Polk County Continuum of Care is hosting the Community Meeting and Conversation on Homelessness in Polk County event on March 11, 2019, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Anawim Housing (1171 7th Street, Des Moines). The Polk County Continuum of Care has been working diligently to develop a long-term community vision and plan for the Polk County homeless system. As part of the process to learn about the needs and priorities of the community, event attendees are encouraged to join the discussion and provide direct input on the issues that affect the Polk County homeless population.

“Homelessness continues to be a problem for our community. We are gathering our partners and community members to define our priorities and create a holistic plan to end homelessness in Polk County,” says Angie Arthur, Polk County Continuum of Care Executive Director. “By working together in creating and implementing a community plan to end homelessness, Polk County will be making a collective impact for our homeless citizens.”


Join us on March 11th for a collaborative discussion on ending homelessness in Polk County.



The Continuum of Care (CoC) is designed to promote communitywide commitment to the goal of ending homelessness; provide funding for efforts by nonprofit providers, and State and local governments to quickly rehouse homeless individuals and families while minimizing the trauma and dislocation caused to homeless individuals, families, and communities by homelessness; promote access to and effect utilization of mainstream programs by homeless individuals and families; and optimize self-sufficiency among individuals and families experiencing homelessness.

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