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Alameda County, CA,

Promoting the economic and social well-being of individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities. The Alameda County Social Services Agency is comprised of 2,200 men and women working collectively and in partnership with community-based organizations to serve the needs of the community. The Agency assists approximately 11.3 percent of Alameda County's residents. Read More

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Benefits CalWIN is an online system that will provide customers the option of applying for CalWORKs, CalFresh and Medi-Cal. Click here to apply

Eligibility Programs Websites
Cash, Medi-Cal and CalFresh
Foster Care Providers
IHSS Clients/Providers

Are you Registered to Vote?

If not, the Social Services Agency would like to assist you with the process. It is quick and easy and can be completed online. But first, you must qualify to register. If you meet the following qualifications you are ready to begin the online voter registration process.

To register to vote in California, you must be:

  • A United States citizen,
  • A resident of California,
  • 18 years of age or older on Election Day,
  • Not in prison, on parole, serving a state prison sentence in county jail, serving a sentence for a felony pursuant to subdivision (h) of Penal Code section 1170, or on post release community supervision (for more information on the rights of people who have been incarcerated, please see the Secretary of State's Voting Rights for Californians with Criminal Convictions or Detained in Jail or Prison), and
  • Not found by a court to be mentally incompetent.

Let's get you registered!
Click here to start the process. Register to Vote

Community Ambassadors Program

Interested in volunteering with Social Services? Read more here.

Workforce adn Benefits Administration

Season of Sharing Season of Sharing

Season of Sharing (SOS) is a private fund providing emergency-based assistance for housing and critical needs to Alameda County residents. The program considers requests for assistance from families with children under 18 living in the home; seniors age 55 and older; individuals with medically verified disabilities; veterans; emancipated or former foster youth; victims of domestic violence or violent crimes; and pregnant women in their 2nd trimester or later. Households in need may contact the SOS automated pre-screening line at (510) 272-3700. More details here.

New! Now you can submit your SAR 7 online.
To keep receiving your CalWORKS, CalFresh and General Assistance benefits, you can complete, sign, and even submit your SAR 7 report with any required documents online. To get started click here.

Qmatic Scheduling

New! CalFresh Alert – February 2019 benefits to be issued between Jan 15-20.

Due to the US federal government partial shutdown, most of Alameda County’s current CalFresh recipients and known eligible applicants will receive their February 2019 CalFresh benefits sooner than normal. CalFresh benefits for February will be loaded on Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) cards between January 15- 20, 2019. No additional benefits will be issued in February – CalFresh recipients are cautioned to be careful with their spending, these CalFresh benefits will need to last through February 28,2019. Alameda County CalFresh recipients may direct questions about their benefits to our Customer Service Call Center at 510-263-2420. Click here for more information

New! Guide to Permanency Options for Youth

Our Agency's Guide to Permanency Options for Youth 2018 includes updated information about options available to children, youth and young adults for extended foster care at age 18, under the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, AB12.Click here for Spanish guide.

The Guide includes information that supports work with children/youth and young adults in extended foster care (who are referred to as non-minor dependents, NMDs) regarding permanency options. It will serve as a tool for many different audiences including:

  • Foster and Kin Caregivers, Foster Family Agency Staff and Families, Group Home Providers and those who care for and/or support youth/NMDs in Foster Care
  • Youth and NMDs in Foster Care
  • Community Partners and those Agencies Serving Youth, NMDs and Families in Foster Care
  • Child Welfare Staff

For information about becoming a Foster or Adoptive Parent, contact: Alameda County Social Services Agency Department of Children and Family Services Resource/Adoptive Parent Recruitment, Development & Support Unit (510) 259-3575. Please direct inquiries regarding this Guide to Permanency Options for Youth to

Doing Business With Us

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Funding Opportunities

The SSA contracts with a number of community-based organizations and other government agencies.

This is a list of the current funding opportunities. Click an item below for more details.


EMERGENCY: 24 hour hotlines

  • Child Abuse — 510-259-1800
  • Elder Abuse — 510-577-3500 or 1-866-CALL APS (1-866-225-5277)
  • Health, Housing & Human Services Information — 211
  • Safely Surrendered Baby — 1-877-BABYSAF (1-877-222-9723)
  • Ombudsman—Advocates for residents in long-term care facilities:
       Working Hours Line 510-638-6878
       After Hours Crisis Line 1-800-231-4024

Interactive Voice Response (IVR)


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