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National Resource Directory
The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs. Information contained within the NRD is from federal, state and local government agencies; Veteran and military service organizations; non-profit and community-based organizations; academic institutions and professional associations that provide assistance to wounded warriors and their families.

National Coalition for the Homeless
The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected.
Reggie’s Sleepout
Reggie’s Sleepout honors the memory of Reggie Kelsey, who aged out of the foster care system, became homeless and was found dead in the Des Moines River two months later. His story is a tragedy that we’d like never see repeated.
Hope Ministries
Hope Ministries has been serving those who are homeless in Des Moines and central Iowa since 1915. They are a Christ-centered, faith-based ministry that provides programs and services for homeless and hungry men, women and children. We are one of the largest non-denominational collaborative efforts in Iowa focused on homelessness and hunger issues. We reach out to the unsheltered and displaced by offering food, clothing, shelter and support through emergency and long-term recovery services.
Find a Homeless Shelter
This is a link to all of the homeless shelters and services for the needy that provide help to those in need for Des Moines, IA and surrounding cities. They also provide other homeless resources such as transitional resources for the homeless. Homeless clinic and treatment center resources are also provided on the right navigational bar. Many shelters also provide services such as alcohol and drug rehab treatment along with clinics.
HRSA/BPHC Principals of Practice
A clinical Resource Guide for Health Care for The Homeless Programs (PAL 99-12): This resource guide provides a greater understanding to both current and prospective grantees of the clinical components of delivering services to homeless individuals.
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council
The National Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) Council is a home for those who work to improve the health of the homeless people and who see housing, health care, and adequate incomes for everyone. The National HCH Council, agencies and individuals, clinicians and advocates, homeless people and housed people come together for mutual support and learning opportunities, and to advance the cause of human rights.
National Healthcare for the Homeless Council; Consumer Advisory Board Development Manual
This manual, developed by the National Health Care for the Homeless, covers such things as recruitment, meeting management, by-laws/ guidelines, and how to make recommendations for changes within your local Health Care for the Homeless Program.

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