Our Upcoming Events
Welcome to the Human Services Department
The Human Services Department builds strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland.
We value diverse views and engage in open communication with our community partners. These communications are collaborative and creative, resulting in services that address the changing and emerging needs of the community.
We look forward to hearing from you so we can better serve Oakland residents.
Download the 2009 Department of Human Services Annual Report.
► Warming centers for Oakland and Emeryville residents provide a safe environment to those in need during inclement weather. Operating on a first-come, first-served basis, the following two warming center locations will operate from 7 pm to 7am on the nights of Thursday, November 20; Friday, November 21 and Saturday, November 22:
- St. Vincent de Paul Society Community Center (Capacity 25 persons)
2272 San Pablo Avenue
- Henry Robinson Multi-Service Center (Capacity 15 persons)
559 16th St.
Clients will receive a cot or mat and a blanket, a warm beverage (tea/coffee) and a cup of soup. Click here to learn about other City Services for the homeless and hungry.
- Free Food Distributions at various locations throughout Oakland on Friday, November 21, 2014.
View the Enterovirus Poster (Universal Precautions)
View Oakland Unite's video that highlights participant and Program success!
- Head Start/Early Head Start Annual Report 2012-13 now available.
- MediCal Facts for Seniors -- what you need to know. For Medi-Cal eligibility information or to apply, call 1-800-698-1118 or visit www.alamedasocialservices.org.
- Taxi Up and Go program is now accepting applications.
- Help create better learning environments for our children. Be a Literacy Coach!
Our Early Childhood and Family Services division provides early childhood development and education, family support and young children’s readiness for school through teamwork with parents, staff and community partners. A holistic approach integrates health, nutrition, early literacy, parenting education, adult literacy and mental health service for low-income children and their families.
The Children & Youth Services division develops and supports services that promote the safety, health and enrichment of children and youth. Collaborations with schools, nonprofits, and other public agencies result in new resources and expanded services.
Aging and Adult Services division provides programs for seniors, as well as for adults and persons with disabilities and their families. All programs share the goals of maximizing self-sufficiency, safety, health, active living and independence. Community partners enrich a wide range of services that include care management, employment, training, volunteer opportunities, recreation and transportation assistance.
Community Housing Services recognizes the tremendous need for supports specific to the homeless population. We partner with nonprofits to assist people who are homeless and near-homeless with housing and additional essential services.
Policy and Planning provides research, development and planning within the Department, and incubates new programs based on best practices in order to fill gaps in the City's service continuum. It is the source for demographic and needs assessment data, evaluation and fund development.
DHS initiates community service and advocacy efforts with our local and state pubic partners, through our Policy and Planning division and by providing staffing for several Boards and Commissions:
- Mayor’s Commission on Aging
- Community Action Partnership Board
- Head Start Policy Council
- Youth Commission
- Policy Oversight Committee