Housing and Social Services Resources

The Oakland Public Library offers a free, safe environment for many people who are experiencing difficulties or even crisis.   

If you need help, you can always ask a librarian for referrals and information. Many relevant organizations are listed below.  

We also partner with many agencies to provide in-person help right in the library. Our most popular in-library service is Tax Assistance, but you can also find help with housing, mental health, harm reduction, getting social security or veterans benefits, and more.  

Scroll to the bottom of this page to find our schedule.  

Social Services

For most Social Services needs, start by calling 211.  

Many questions can also be answered through the Alameda County Social Services website

The Berkeley Information Network creates many excellent lists including Shelters and Showers, Free Meals, and Mental Health Resources.  

Search more shelter options in Oakland or food banks in Alameda county. 

Housing 

Keep Oakland Housed provides legal representation, emergency financial assistance, and supportive services. This program is available to all Oakland residents who are experiencing a housing crisis and have a household income at or below 50% of the Area Median Income, with priority to extremely low-income households. Legal representation will be provided to tenants with an active eviction lawsuit. 

Oakland’s Housing Assistance Center/Rent Adjustment Program provides assistance in person and by phone during drop in hours. In addition, they have compiled helpful guides and info sheets on housing laws, including both local and state regulations. Information is available in English, Spanish, and Chinese. They also provide help at the library through workshops and drop-in hours. 

Use Making Home Affordable to find HUD Approved Housing Counselors who can help you with buying a home, renting, defaults, foreclosure, credit issues, and reverse mortgages. 

The Housing Authority for the County of Alameda has rental listings and information about Section 8 housing for both renters and landlords.  Section 8 applications are available at this site during open enrollment periods.

Many local organizations can provide help for those dealing with the impacts of the housing crisis:  

Legal Services & Information

Advocacy/Service Organizations

 Eviction Resources

More links and information about tenant rights, laws and protections are available at the HUD Tenant Rights and Responsibilities Portal.    

 

Upcoming Housing and Social Services Events

Date Time Event Name
Wednesday, April 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Friday, April 10th 12:30pm - 2:00pm CANCELED - Holy Names Career Center
Tuesday, April 14th 5:30pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Long Term Tenants Workshop
Wednesday, April 15th 1:00pm - 3:00pm CANCELLED Crisis Support
Wednesday, April 15th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Thursday, April 16th 1:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Put Some Spring in your Step with WRAP
Monday, April 20th 2:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, April 21st 12:00pm - 2:00pm CANCELLED Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities at West
Tuesday, April 21st 6:00pm - 7:30pm CANCELLED Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution
Wednesday, April 22nd 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Saturday, April 25th 11:00am - 12:30pm CANCELLED Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution
Tuesday, April 28th 6:00pm - 7:30pm CANCELLED Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution
Wednesday, May 6th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, May 6th 6:00pm - 7:30pm CANCELLED Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution
Thursday, May 7th 1:00pm - 3:00pm [CANCELLED] Crisis Support
Friday, May 8th 12:30pm - 2:00pm CANCELED - Holy Names Career Center
Wednesday, May 13th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Monday, May 18th 2:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, May 19th 12:00pm - 2:00pm CANCELLED Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities at West
Wednesday, May 20th 1:00pm - 3:00pm CANCELLED Crisis Support
Wednesday, May 20th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, May 27th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, June 3rd 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, June 3rd 6:00pm - 7:30pm CANCELLED Overdose Prevention Education and Naloxone Distribution
Thursday, June 4th 1:00pm - 3:00pm [CANCELLED] Crisis Support
Wednesday, June 10th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Friday, June 12th 12:30pm - 2:00pm CANCELED - Holy Names Career Center
Monday, June 15th 2:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, June 16th 12:00pm - 2:00pm CANCELLED Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities at West
Wednesday, June 17th 1:00pm - 3:00pm CANCELLED Crisis Support
Wednesday, June 17th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, June 24th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, July 1st 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Thursday, July 2nd 1:00pm - 3:00pm [CANCELLED] Crisis Support
Wednesday, July 8th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, July 15th 1:00pm - 3:00pm CANCELLED Crisis Support
Wednesday, July 15th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Monday, July 20th 2:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, July 21st 12:00pm - 2:00pm CANCELLED Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities at West
Wednesday, July 22nd 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, August 5th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Thursday, August 6th 1:00pm - 3:00pm [CANCELLED] Crisis Support
Wednesday, August 12th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Monday, August 17th 2:00pm - 4:00pm CANCELLED Affordable Home Renovations with Habitat for Humanity
Tuesday, August 18th 12:00pm - 2:00pm CANCELLED Healthy Teeth, Healthy Communities at West
Wednesday, August 19th 1:00pm - 3:00pm CANCELLED Crisis Support
Wednesday, August 19th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, August 26th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, September 2nd 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords
Wednesday, September 9th 5:00pm - 7:00pm CANCELLED Housing Counseling for Tenants and Landlords