The Latino Forum was started after the closure of the HOLA Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The HOLA Center provided many services to the Latino community and its closure left a void in the city. This prompted some key members of the Latino community and Tom Urban, a facilitator from the Urban Core of the Capital Crossroads, to start a dialog around creating a Latino Center in Greater Des Moines. Three and a half years later, the Iowa Latino Center has formed and its board is working on a site and plans for it. The Latino Forum continues to get together to advocate for issues that need to be addressed in the Central Iowa area.