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.
- Human Services' Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be hosted on November 22, 2016.
- Free Food Distribution on Friday, October 21, 2016, at various locations throughout Oakland.
- 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.
- City of Oakland Head Start & Early Head Start Program - Week of the Young Child Celebration! On Friday, April 15, 2016, Children's Fairyland, Oakland’s storybook theme park is partnering with national and local agencies to host Head Start’s Week of the Young Child Celebration now in its sixth year. The daylong event stands to attract more than 2,000 children and their families to Fairyland, where they will enjoy a free day in the park and engage in read-aloud’ s, puppet shows, arts and crafts, interactive workshops, multicultural performances, and activities geared toward increasing children’s literacy.Every Oakland Head Start and Early Head Start child and their parents/caregivers will enjoy the imaginative, stimulating fun that Children's Fairyland has offered its visitors for over 60 years, thanks to the support of the Rogers Family Foundation, the Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Raising a Reader, the City of Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start Program, and many individual donors to Children’s Fairyland. Oakland Head Start/Early Head Start’s vision is to increase awareness of available resources to maximize early literacy outcomes and opportunities for Oakland’s most vulnerable children and is looking to partner with community based organization’s that support this vision. Interested organizations may contact Veronica Martinez, Family & Community Services Coordinator for more information at email@example.com or 510.238.2379.
- The Human Service Department in the news, "City Youth Make Their Voice Heard on Police Reform" by Tulio Ospina
- View Oakland Unite's video that highlights participant and Program success!
- 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!
On Wednesday, June 8, 2016, Human Services Department staff sporting Warriors garb and showing HSD spirit!
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016 the Human Services Department hosted Project Homeless Connect, a one day event brining a variety of service providers to one location for folks experiencing homelessness to link with and receive services and referrals for housing and programs. This year 19 services providers connected with 200 homeless individuals. The providers covered a wide range of services from legal services, to housing, employment and health care services. In addition there was a full barber and hair salon and all participants were treated to lunch, free hygiene products and free coats. One volunteer said, "It was great to see so many agencies in one room providing services to clients, they were all so glad to get connected in one place and at the same time."
- 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 public 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