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

"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace."

-Isaiah 9:6




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