Social Services

"There is no greater joy nor greater reward than to make a fundamental difference in someone's life." 
- Mary Rose McGready

The purpose and vision of every responsible local government is the betterment of the people, families, and communities that it serves. While governments attempt to respond to economic and demographic changes that can have dramatic impacts on the fabric of the community, continued feedback from the community helps us to identify community priorities and establish programs and projects that truly help address the most severe community needs. Below is an array of social service information and resources depending on your needs.  

City Releases Draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation Plan (December 2, 2020)

The City of Union City has published its draft Permanent Local Housing Allocation Plan (“PLHA Plan”). Senate Bill 2 (the Building Homes and Jobs Act) has created the PHLA program, which provides grants for housing solutions to local jurisdictions. The City estimates receiving $ $1,523,610 over the first five years. See below for a link to the City’s draft PHLA Plan.

The primary goal of the PLHA program is to create a source of funding available to eligible local governments in California for housing-related projects and programs to address unmet housing needs in their local communities. Staff proposes to allocate all PLHA funding to fund the City’s CAREavan program, which aids community members combating homelessness within the City by providing a safe place to park overnight as well as supportive/case management services including assistance finding transitional and permanent housing.  A portion of the funds will be used to add a full-time homeless case worker / outreach coordinator to support these efforts.  

The City Council will be reviewing the Plan at its December 8, 2020 meeting.  The City Council meeting agenda packet and instructions on how to virtually attend the meeting provide your comments can be found at  Meeting packets which includes the meeting agenda and staff report are generally available on-line the Friday before the meeting.

If you have questions or would like to provide written comments on the draft PHLA Plan, please contact Francisco Gomez, Housing and Community Development Manager, at (510) 675-5322 or via email at

Draft PHLA Plan

To learn more or if you have questions regarding the programs below, contact:

Francisco Gomez
Housing & Community Development Manager
Phone: (510) 675-5322

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For health, homeless, housing & human services information help, dial 211.

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Health Services

Homeless Services

If you or someone you know is homeless or at-risk of homelessness, please call 2-1-1 for immediate assistance and to get connected with Alameda County’s Homeless Coordinated Entry System. Click here for more information.


Housing and Emergency Lodging Program (HELP)

This program is available to single adults who are Alameda County residents and are homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. Apply Online