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Community Resources


Homeward is here to serve as a hub for information and community collaboration in Polk County. In an effort to help, we have compiled a list of resources below to assist community residents as they navigate this challenging time.  


 Evictions, Rental Assistance, and Family Support 

Youth and Young Adult Support

Youth who are over 18 have access to the same resources that individual adults can access, however, those who are under 25 often have access to additional resources pending their individual situation. Additional resources are listed below:

Iowa Homeless Youth Center Youth Opportunity Center, 612 Locust St., Des Moines, IA

Iowa Aftercare Services Network

LGBT National Youth Talkline (800-246-7743)

The QYR Youth Center

Your Life Iowa. Text: (855) 895-8398. Call: (855) 581-8111

LGBTQ Resources

One Iowa currently maintains a substantial set of resource guides pertaining specifically to the needs of LGBTQ individuals. Please visit for an extensive list of hotlines and resources related to trans and non-binary resources, health and wellness, medical care ban, legal and family, and LGBTQ older adults.

Health Information

  • Flu Information for Polk County 

  • HUD Homelessness and COVID-19 Resources 

  • Polk County Health Department Information

Language and Translation Resources

RACI and Lutheran Services in Iowa, in partnership with 211, Polk County Heath Department, and the Iowa Department of Public Health, have launched a new hotline that will help expand access and capacity to Iowans who are limited in English at 1-877-558-2609.

Housing Interpretation Hotline for landlords and limited-English-speaking tenants at 515-282-8269, Ext. 5.

• EMBARC Crisis Response COVID-19 education resources in 10 different languages

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