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.
- Free Food Distribution on Friday, February 19, 2016, at various locations throughout Oakland.
- Oakland Unite receives over $300,000 from the United States Department of Justice. For more information click HERE.
- The Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) is pleased to release the 2016-2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) to solicit program proposals from non-profit organizations and public agencies to provide services to children and youth in Oakland, California. Proposals are due by January 13, 2016. RFPs are currently available on OFCY's website.
- The OFCY Planning and Oversight Committee (POC) has developed and adopted the new Strategic Investment Plan for 2016-2019. To read the complete version of the plan click HERE.
- The Head Start Program is now enrolling!!!!!! Classes start September 1, 2015!!!
- The Human Service Department in the news, "City Youth Make Their Voice Heard on Police Reform" by Tulio Ospina
- 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!
- Each year the Human Services Department selects the award recipient for the annual MLK event, "In the Name of Love" a musical tribute honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and humanitarian award. This year's event will be held on Sunday, January 17, 2016, at 7PM at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612. The 14th Annual Tribute will celebrate the Civil Rights movement through the music of Nina Simone. This years award recipient is Operation Dignity's Executive Director and Vietnam war veteran, Alex McElree, who has dedicated his life to ensure that no veteran suffers the indignity of homelessness and isolation upon returning home. The 14th Annual tribute will feature 4 outstanding vocalists: Patti Cathcart, Paula West, Rhiannon and Terrance Kelly. The event is produced by Living Jazz, an Oakland based non-profit. For tickets and more information, please visit: http://www.mlktribute.com or call (510) 858-5313.
- The Human Services Department hosted its annual Thanksgiving dinner at the Oakland Marriott on Thursday, November 24, 2015. The dinner provided over 2,300 senior and homeless residents of Oakland with a formal sit-down turkey dinner. The Mayor, the City Administrator and many HSD staff volunteered and helped make it a huge success. The seniors who participated gave glowing reviews saying how wonderful and delicious everything was.
- The Human Services Department's Oakland Unite hosted its annual grantee celebration on Thursday, June 25th. The Mayor came by to help honor program participants that were successful in turning their lives around and becoming productive members of their community.
- On Tuesday, June 23rd about 25 young people and youth leaders from the Oakland Youth Commission along with youth from other organizations including OUSD’s All City Council presented their recommendations for improving police, youth and community relationships to the City Council’s Public Safety Committee and Police Chief Sean Whent. Recommendations ranged from not having armed officers on campus to using restorative justice practices to address community/police issues. The Chief met with the young people beforehand and has been very receptive to working on their recommendations, some of which are already underway, and which align with the President’s 21st Century Policing report. To read the Youth Commission report go to: https://oakland.legistar.com/View.ashx?M=F&ID=3821295&GUID=1C01483C-42B1-46BB-A929-70AC1A7CB020 .
- The Human Services Department hosted its biennial All Staff Meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 at the Garden Center in Oakland's Lakeside Park. The event included program highlights, a visit from Mayor Libby Schaaf, and an introduction to the new city wide training by Andrea Pomicpic. Everyone had a great time celebrating the spirit of HSD!
- The Mayor's Commission on Aging and the Human Services Department hosted a senior information fair and ceremony "Celebrate Healthy Aging: Growing Older, Getting Better" on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The event was a huge success with the participation of 500 seniors, volunteers, and service providers.
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