Youth & Shelter Services, Inc.

Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

We believe within every youth is a successful adult.


Iowa Homeless Youth Centers (IHYC) works to eliminate homelessness among children, youth and young mothers in Polk County. We believe, with support and assistance, homeless individuals and families can live independently and attain self-sufficiency.


IHYC programs and staff focus on helping participants set and achieve goals in five key areas:


  • Education
  • Employment
  • Safe housing
  • Life skills
  • Positive community engagement

Visit our Thrive in Iowa blog to keep up to date with IHYC happenings.

Applications now being accepted.

IHYC is currently accepting applications for the Post-Secondary Education Retention Program (PSERP).  PSERP is an initiative that assists young adults (ages 18-25) in successfully completing their post-secondary education.  This includes a two year associates degree or certificate of completion from a trade program.  Find out how you can get involved here:


Iowa Homeless Youth Centers

1219 Buchanan Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50316

(515) 265-1222


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