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The Oakland Human Services Department exists to make our city a place that works for all. We offer free programs and provide public resources to community organizations that make sure all of our residents can access what they need to be safe, healthy and realize their full potential.

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Jun 10, 2021

Lake Merritt Lodge at Full Capacity 92 units of housing for formerly unsheltered residents

Yesterday, Oakland City officials, community leaders, and community members came together to highlight the occupancy status of the Lake Merritt Lodge. The City established Lake Merritt Lodge as a site for emergency COVID-19 response housing, intended to keep our most vulnerable homeless community members safe. The 92-unit building is now at full occupancy.

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Spotlight: Oakland’s Community Cabin Program

Photo of Oakland Community Cabins

Oakland’s Community Cabin Program is a network of temporary transitional shelters at six sites across the city, designed to help stabilize unhoused people and assist in the finding of permanent housing. Launched in late 2017, the Community Cabins are part of a multi-prong strategy in the city to house people. Beyond cabins, the City of Oakland has opened three safe RV parking sites and a trailer site for 67 state-owned trailers. For more on the Community Cabin program and the partnerships behind it, visit the website here.

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Portrait of Estelle Clemons

Estelle Clemons

Interim Director, Department of Human Services

Estelle Clemons provides Oakland’s most vulnerable residents with services from Head Start to senior centers to supportive housing for the homeless. She was formerly the Alameda County - Oakland Community Action Partnership Program Manager for the Department of Human Services.

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