Featured Report:
Annual Snapshot of Service and Shelter Use, 2017


The Institute for Community Alliances produces an annual analysis of homelessness in Iowa, and across Iowa's communities.

This year's report is available
as a downloadable PDF file..

Key Findings:

  • 12,932 persons experiencing homelessness were served by I-COUNT (HMIS) agencies in 2017. This number has been trending up.

  • Many new data visualizations explore the information in new and illustrative ways.

  • Demographics of Iowans experiencing homelessness is fully explored.

  • System performance measures are center stage for an exploration of the journey through homelessness into stability.

Read the report

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Annual Reports

Each year, the Institute for Community Alliances compiles a report on the state of homelessness in Iowa, with the goal of providing an overview of trends and characteristics and informing efforts to end homelessness statewide.

2016 Annual Report


AHAR Reports

Annual Homeless Assessment Reports (AHAR) provide extensive information about the demographic characteristics of persons experiencing homelessness and their service use patterns in a one year period.

2017 AHAR - Balance of State
2017 AHAR - Des Moines


Day on the Hill

The Day on the Hill is the annual meeting between members of the community, the Iowa Council on Homelessness (ICH), and Iowa State Senators and Representatives to discuss the state of homelessness in their districts and how they can help end homelessness in Iowa with continued support, legislation, and funding.

2018 Day on the Hill Handouts


Housing Inventory Reports

Housing Inventory Reports provide information about the number of beds available to various subpopulations in each of the categories of HUD-funded housing: Emergency Shelter (ES), Transitional Housing (TH), Safe Havens (SH), Rapid Re-Housing (RRH), and Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).

2018 HIC Chart - Balance of State

2018 HIC Chart - Polk County


HUD CoC Dashboard Reports

Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Programs Dashboard Reports show claimed geography and geographic coverage changes for the previous two program years and also include information on each CoC’s awards by award amount, program type, and renewal type. The reports contain summary data from the Point-in-Time (PIT) count and Housing Inventory Count (HIC), which provide a quick overview of a CoC’s performance in serving homeless individuals with their CoC awards.

2016 Iowa Balance of State Dashboard
2016 Des Moines/Polk Dashboard


Point in Time Reports


Special Reports

Special reports address topical issues of importance to Iowa CoCs and communities.

For inquiries or special reports request please contact our Iowa Data Analyst: Dr. Ehren Stover-Wright


System Performance Measures

A critical aspect of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, as amended, is a focus on viewing the local homeless response as a coordinated system of homeless assistance options as opposed to homeless assistance programs and funding sources that operate independently in a community. To facilitate this perspective the Act now requires communities to measure their performance as a coordinated system, in addition to analyzing performance by specific projects or project types.

The Act has established a set of selection criteria for HUD to use in awarding CoC funding in section 427 that require CoCs to report to HUD their system-level performance. The intent of these selection criteria are to encourage CoCs, in coordination with ESG Program recipients and all other homeless assistance stakeholders in the community, to regularly measure their progress in meeting the needs of people experiencing homelessness in their community and to report this progress to HUD.

2018 Iowa Balance of State System Performance Measures
2018 Des Moines/Polk System Performance Measures
2018 Woodbury/Dakota System Performance Measures