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Alameda County Social Services
North Oakland Office
2000 San Pablo Ave
Oakland CA 94612

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Season of Sharing (SOS) is a private fund providing one-time crisis-based assistance for housing and critical family needs to Alameda County residents. The program aims to help eligible households regain stability after experiencing an unforseen emergency situation beyond their control.

To be considered for SOS assistance, applicants must be current residents of Alameda County for at least 6 continuous months or longer and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Seniors age 55 and older;
  • Disabled individuals;
  • Low to moderate income families with dependent children;
  • Emancipated foster youth;
  • Veterans;
  • Victims of domestic violence or violent crimes; or
  • Pregnant women in their second trimester.

Documentation will be required to confirm each household's eligibility status. Simply meeting these criteria DOES NOT entitle or guarantee a household assistance. Grants are based not only on criteria being met, but also on merit and the greatest need. Assistance is not guaranteed.

To initiate an inquiry, call the automated pre-screening line at (510) 272-3700. You will be asked to answer a series of questions using the keypad on your phone. Be prepared to provide basic information, including phone number(s), type and amount of assistance requested, and sources of household income. If you meet basic criteria for consideration, Intake Staff will contact you for additional screening. Please be advised that response time will fluctuate depending on the volume of callers.

The Alameda County SOS program partners with community-based organizations on a limited basis and occasionally offers training sessions for caseworkers. Inquiries from agencies interested in becoming a Season of Sharing community partner may be sent to

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