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Who We Are


The Polk County Continuum of Care (CoC) is an independent nonprofit organization that facilitates our community's response to homelessness. The Des Moines-based organization focuses on collaboration and setting the homelessness response strategy for the community. We distribute $3.6 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and others across the county. Our work is to coordinate resources and services, identify needs, and disseminate best practices related to homelessness. The Polk County Continuum of Care serves1,500 Polk County residents experiencing homelessness each year by building a comprehensive network of support in our community. We partner with over 100 organizations in our community including homeless service providers, local and state agencies, foundations, mental health centers, individuals experiencing homelessness, and the business community grounded in our foundational beliefs of Racial Equity, Community Collaboration, and Housing First.

Our vision is that everyone in Polk County has a safe place to call home.

Persons with hearing or speech impairments may obtain copies of these materials via TTY by calling 1-800-735-2942. Persons who do not speak English as their primary language and who have limited ability to speak, write or understand English may obtain copies of theses materials by calling Angie Arthur at (515) 282-3233 or emailing her at