The Human Services Department builds strong communities by enriching the quality of life for individuals and families in Oakland. We collaborate with a diverse group of local organizations to provide services that address the changing and emerging needs of the community.Find a Summer Food Program Site
The City of Oakland's Head Start centers and home-based program will remain closed through the end of the school year in June. This decision was made in line with the coordinated efforts of public health officials to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Health Officers caution that reducing restrictions too quickly could lead to a substantial resurgence of COVID-19.
City of Oakland, Working Solutions Announce Disbursement of $500,000 in Emergency Grants to Small Businesses
Today, the City of Oakland and Working Solutions, a nonprofit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), announced the disbursement of emergency grants to 90 extremely low-income small businesses in Oakland to help them weather the COVID-19 crisis.
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Director, Department of Human Services
Sara Bedford provides Oakland’s most vulnerable residents with services from Head Start to senior centers to supportive housing for the homeless. She was formerly the Policy and Planning Manager for the Department of Human Services.