Social Services in Alameda County

Do people ask for social services outside of Alameda? For now, will put Alameda stuff here.

Drop in Services

Shelters and Housing in Alameda


All services in Berkeley, compiled by the city.
Free meals and shelter, compiled by Berkeley Public Library. Includes a few Oakland places; animal shelters; updated in 2014.


  • HEPPAC Casa Segura. Has showers, laundry, meals. M: 12:30- 4pm, T-Th: 10-4, F: 10-3.
  • There’s a shelter in Oakland that’s open when the weather is wad (so when it’s raining and when it’s really cold), 5559 16th St. Street, phone # 510-238-5091, it’s first come first serve (They are open from 7PM - 7AM)
  • In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) is a federal and locally funded program to provide in-home assistance such as housekeeping, grooming, bathing, and feeding services. Those who are disabled, blind or aged 65+ and with Medi-Cal qualify. Info line: 510-577-3560. To apply: 510-577-3560


Food hotline: 1-800-870-FOOD, M-F, 9 am to 4 pm.


  • Food Not Bombs @ People's Park, Haste above Telegraph. M-F, 3 pm vegan/vegetarian meal.
  • Night on the Streets Catholic Worker @ People's Park, Haste above Telegraph, Berkeley. 510-684-1892. Sun: 7:30 am breakfast. At 5:10, the meal moves to Center Street, between Milvia and MLK. 5th Sun of the month, 4 pm meal.
  • Women's Daytime Drop-in Center, 2218 Acton and Bancroft. 510-548-2884. M-F, 8 am- 4pm, closed 1st Friday of each month. Daily 8 am-10 am breakfast, 12 noon-12:30 meal
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 2362 Bancroft Way & Dana. 510-649-4976. M-Th: 4-5 pm, sit down meal. Fri:3:30 - 4pm, 'take-out' brown bag hot meal. vegetarian option available. Thru BFHP, may change in a week- 5/2015
  • Suitcase Clinic (Youth Clinic location). St. Marks Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft and Ellsworth. 2nd Floor, Berkeley, 510-423-3303. Drop-in health clinic for ages 13-23, M 6-9 pm, Dinner provided.
  • Suitcase Clinic (General Clinic location). First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St at Haste St. Berkeley, 510-269-7242. Arrive between 5:30-6pm to get an intake number for haircutting, hairwashing, footwashing, and professional services. Intake begins at 6:30pm. Dinner provided around 730pm.
  • University Lutheran Chapel, 2425 College and Haste, 510-843-6230. 4th Saturday of each month with 5 Saturdays only, 4:30.
  • Berkeley Food and Housing, 2362 Bancroft Way, M-Th, hot meal is served between 3:45 - 5 pm. Friday: hot take-out stew or soup between 3:30-4 pm.
  • Hare Krishna Temple @ 2334 Stuart. Every Sunday that starts at 7 pm. Lentil and rice, etc.
  • YEAH! Lutheran Church of the Cross, 1744 University, 510-704-9867. Ages 18-25, Nov- May 8 am- 8 pm 7 days a week. Line up begins at 7:30 pm.
  • South Berkeley Community Church, 1802 Fairview @ Ellis, 510-652-1040, 12 noon on Thursdays.
  • St. Mary Magdalen Church, 2005 Berryman & Henry, 510-526-4811. 1st and 4th Sunday, 3 pm.

North Oakland

  • Produce giveaway at the Mariposa House, 828 59th Street, Every Sunday 3-5 pm.
  • Phat Beets: FREE FARM STAND, 5709 Market St. @ Arlington Medical Center. Mondays 11 am - 1 pm.
  • Auntie Frances Self Help Hunger Program, 2 pm Tuesday at Driver Park Adeline and Stanford.
  • College Ave, Presbyterian Church, 5951 College and Claremont, 510-658-3665, Friday at 6 pm meal.

Downtown Oakland

  • Food not Bombs, 14th and Jefferson Street, in front of Sutter hotel. Sundays 3 pm.
  • DreamCatcher Youth Support Drop-in Center. 422 Jefferson & 5th, 510-839-1559. M-Th, 5:30 pm for youth 13-18.
  • First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 27th St. and Broadway, Mondays and 1st Wednesday of the month, 11 am - 2 pm.
  • Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, 1188 12th Street & Magnolia, 510-644-6164. 1st, 3rd, (sometimes 4th) Mon. of the month: 4 pm meal. Call for schedule. Also distributes groceries every Monday, 1:30-3:30 pm.
  • Telegraph Community Center. 5316 Telegraph Ave., 510-658-4457. Every Weds. 11am-4pm, Fri., 10 am to 2 pm, except for holidays.
  • CityTeam International, 722 Washington (7th street). 510-452-3758. Sign up through food bank, 800-870-3663.

West Oakland

  • Food not Bombs Food giveaway, Thursdays, 9:30 am at park at 21st and San Pablo. on Thursday, 1-2:30 pm. (with Food of god,
  • Food not Bombs, Hot Vegetarian Meal. Metal Alliance Recycling, 34th and San Pablo, Thursday, 1:30-3:30 pm.
  • People's Kitchen, 723 27th Street. Sunday, 5 pm-8:30 pm.
  • Open Door Mission, 92 7th Street & Oak, 510-451-7924. M-F: 6:25 service, and then meal. Sunday, 3 pm meal. Sunday-Friday: 7 am breakfast after service.
  • St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility, 675 23rd Street, & San Pablo. 510-451-7676. Tues-Sat (except 1st Wednesday of the month): 10:45 am - 12:45 pm.
  • St. Andrew's Soup Kitchen, 3220 San Pablo, 510-658-6622, M-F at 1 pm.
  • ECAP between 37th and 38th, on Sab Pablo Ave. Food Giveaway around noon, MWThF, Sat. Tuesdays at 2 pm. also have clothes

East Oakland

  • St. Elizabeth's Parish - Bread and roses. 1500-34th Ave. 510-536-1266. Have to call for details.
  • East Oakland Food Pantry/Project Outreach/Canaan Baptist Church 6629 Bancropft Ave. 510-532-4474. Must call for details.
  • New Beginning International Ministry, 5609 Foothill Blvd. 510-985-0541. Every first Sat., 12 pm- 2 pm.
  • Brookins African Methodist Episcopal Church, 2201 73rd Ave. 510-568-8954 call for more details.
  • Lake Merritt United Methodist Church, 1330 Lakeshort Ave., 510-465-4793. 2nd and 4th Saturdays for the month 10 am - 12:30 pm.


Healthcare for the Homeless. Check out the monthly schedule.

For help with healthcare insurance check out Paying for Healthcare in Alameda


A list of employment resources compiled by Berkeley Public Library. Also has a list of joblines where you can call/google to find more information about applications.


List of 'workforce and leadership development' resources. Some overlap with the list from Berkeley Public Library, more emphasis on schooling and degree.

Legal Resources

A list of legal nonprofits compiled by Berkeley Public Library. All over east bay.
Also check out this website:

East Bay Community Law Center

Interpersonal Violence

PRINT THIS OUT: Domestic Violence Resources A list of different types of resources. Updated in 2011, but still seems pretty comprehensive.
Alameda County Family Justice Center is one place to start. They have a ton of resources.
SAVE (Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments) has shelter and legal resources.

+Seniors and People With Disabilities
[] Access Alameda is a website run by the Alameda Transportation Commission that offers information on accessible transportation for seniors and people with disabilities. Basically provides a ton of information on various transportation options. Also provides applications for AC paratransit, senior subsidized taxi, and other things like that.


All services in Berkeley
A bunch of social services, compiled by Berkeley Public Library. Includes Oakland places; animal shelters; updated in 2014.
Domestic Violence Resources

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