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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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Spotlight: Oakland’s Community Cabin Program

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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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Sara Bedford

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.

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