The Department of Human Services 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 serve Oaklanders by: - Providing first-rate programs for children, youth, seniors, and other adults through direct services, grants, and collaboration with other public and community-based agencies. - Promoting social equity—particularly for children, youth, and seniors—by developing new resources and leveraging existing resources. - Developing and supporting collaborations that improve community health and safety, with an emphasis on violence prevention and community building. Identifying, planning, and responding to community needs with appropriate policies and programs. - Ensuring that operations and programs are run efficiently, and improving our accountability through expanded performance monitoring and evaluation - Creating opportunities for community engagement and education through volunteerism and involvement with Boards and Commissions. - Raising community awareness of our services by enhancing department visibility and outreach. - Fostering staff development and recognition.
Services & Resources
Related Boards and Commissions
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.
150 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612
Phone (510) 238-3121
TDD (510) 238-3254