Iowa Department of Human Rights Newsletter

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November 12, 201

The Iowa Department of Human Rights (DHR) brings strength to Iowa's rich heritage.  Our three divisions - Community Action Agencies, Community Advocacy and Services, and Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning - work to reduce cultural, social, and economic barriers to opportunities for Iowans to succeed.

Receive 50% off Registration - Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit November 20, 2021

The Immigrant Entrepreneurs Summit’s mission is to bring businesses of diverse backgrounds together to share, learn, and celebrate the immigrant entrepreneurship experience and contribution to the overall community.

     November 20, 2021   8:30am - 5:30pm

     FFA Enrichment Center
     1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy
     Ankeny, IA 50023

     Use Code FRIEND at checkout for 50% off.  Register here:  Register IES

Thank you to DHR Director San Wong for being part of the planning team! 

IES Discount Open Enrollment Period 

You can enroll in or change 2022 Marketplace health insurance right now. The 2022 Open Enrollment Period on runs from November 1, 2021, through Saturday, January 15, 2022.  Starting November 1, consumers can log in to and or call 1-800-318-2596 to fill out an application and enroll in a 2022 Marketplace plan. Visit for important deadlines and how to find assistance.  

FEMA Funeral Assistance

FEMA continues to provide financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses.  At this time, there is no deadline to apply for assistance.  In addition to the flyer below, information is available in multiple languages, including a video with American Sign Language at this link:  Funeral Assistance FAQ.

FEMA Funeral

SSI for Children with mental or physical disability 

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides monthly cash payments to help meet the basic needs of children who have a physical or mental disability or who are blind. If you care for a child or teenager with a disability, and have limited income and savings or other resources, your child may be eligible for SSI.  You may apply online or call 1-800-772-1213. If you are deaf or hard-of-hearing, call toll-free TTY number, 1-800-325-0778. Representatives are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. For eligibility criteria and more information, visit  

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Thank you to Iowa Community Action Association for putting this video together for Iowans to learn more about the Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  Watch the video and find your local community Action Agency to apply at

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November is Native American Heritage Month

Thank you to Governor Kim Reynolds for issuing a proclamation declaring November as Native American Heritage Month, and November 26 as Iowa Native American Veterans Day.

NA Proclamation

COVID-19 Language Resources

American Sign Language Videos-CDC

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Resources for Limited English Proficient Populations

Congolese Health Partnership Videos

Coronavirus, State Website

Crescent Community Health Center-Marshallese Language

EMBARC Ethnic Minorities of Burma and Advocacy and Resource Center

Hawaii Office of Language Access-Youtube

Iowa Department of Human Rights-Language Access

Iowa Department of Public Health

Iowa Spanish Helpline 515-344-3936 

Multi-Lingual Hotline  1-877-558-2609

Refugee Alliance of Central Iowa  

Test Iowa-Free COVID-19 Test Kits 

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Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-242-5640 or 1-800-351-4659
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