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Alameda County

Addressing the Need in Alameda County

Creating Lasting Change Through United Efforts


Welcome to our page on Alameda County, a vibrant region we are committed to supporting and uplifting. As one of the most populous counties in California, Alameda County is home to communities that face unique challenges, as well as opportunities. At United Way Bay Area, we believe in the power of collaboration and collective impact to address the pressing needs of our fellow residents.


We recognize that not everyone has an equal opportunity to thrive. Many individuals and families within our Alameda County community face barriers such as lack of access to quality education, affordable housing, and basic needs services.


Through this page, we aim to shed light on critical needs and provide you with the information and data that underpin our efforts to create lasting change in the region.

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We Are Stronger Together.


Adelita was doing all she could to give herself and her children a better life.


She was going to community college. She was also working part-time to earn money. Every day was another step toward a brighter, more stable future for her family. But there were times when she needed help urgently—with food, with housing, and even paying the bills.


That’s when she turned to United Way Bay Area. Because of caring people like you, she got the support she needed!


“It was nice to know people were thinking about students and the struggles we were facing. I have a good job today, and I’m building a brighter future for my family. Thank you so much!” – Adelita

116,630 individuals are food insecure

52,254 low-income renter households do not have access to an affordable home

$101,626 Real cost measure for a family of 4

The Need in Alameda County

Access to basic needs is difficult for many

129,901 households in Alameda County struggle to meet basic needs including paying for food and groceries, housing and utility bills; and keeping up with monthly car payments and other transportation costs.

The wealth gap is increasing

Among full time workers In Alameda County, the income of low-wage workers decreased 3% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage workers' income increased 16%

Housing is a cost burden for many residents

209,216 households in Alameda County are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

Our Impact in the Community



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Free Tax Help

(Free tax preparation for anyone who needs it)


Free Tax Help has helped provide 18.89 million in refunds back into the pockets of Alameda County residents.


Learn More About Our Free Tax Help Program


(Centers that provide one-stop access to a full range of services to move families towards financial prosperity.)


SparkPoint centers in Alameda County have served 2,756 individuals providing resources for basic needs, employment and career opportunities, and financial coaching.


Learn More About Our SparkPoint program

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Housing Justice

(We mobilize support for solutions through public awareness and will-building, and advocate for policies that increase supply and improve conditions and access, while helping residents meet immediate housing needs.)


$292,500 was distributed to 9 organizations through the first year of our housing justice grants


Learn More About our Housing Justice initiative

Explore the Data

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The Real Cost Measure


United Ways of California, in partnership with California’s 29 local United Ways, is proud to release How Much it Costs to Struggle: The Real Cost Measure in California 2023, a study on what it takes to make ends meet in California.


Unlike the official poverty measure which primarily accounts for the cost of food, the Real Cost Measure factors the costs of housing, food, health care, childcare, transportation and other basic needs to reveal what it really costs to live in California.

Explore our Real Cost Measure dashboard
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211 Bay Area


(A free, vital service that connects callers with health and human services (food, shelter, childcare, legal services))


2-1-1 phone and text services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and are available in 150 languages through phone interpretation services and English and Spanish for text services.

Explore our 211 Dashboard

Alameda County Impact Sheet


We have a wealth of information to share. Our Alameda County Infographic delves into the needs of the county and what we are doing to address it.


Sign-Up and Access Our Impact Sheet


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Sign-Up and Access All County Impact Sheets


These “Impact Fact Sheets” summarize the key findings of the needs in each of our 8 Bay Area Counties that we serve and our collective community impact so you can quickly access this important information.


Bay Area Impact Analysis By County


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


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Alameda County

116,630 individuals are experiencing food insecurity in Alameda County alone.

See Alameda’s Need

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Contra Costa County

27,709 renter-households with low incomes DO NOT have access to an affordable home.

See Contra Costa’s Need

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Marin County

40,404 households in Marin County spend more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Marin County’s Need

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Napa County

Full-time income for workers in low-wage jobs decreased 10% between 2000 and 2019, while high-wage job income increased 13%.

See Napa County’s Need

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San Francisco County

A typical family of four needs $127,332 just to meet basic needs. The median income for SF residents is $119,136.

See San Francisco’s Need

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San Mateo County

33,374 individuals have been served through UWBA programs – that’s nearly twice the seating capacity of the Chase Center.

See San Mateo’s Need

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Santa Clara County

27,400 children are experiencing food insecurity.

See Santa Clara’s Need

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Solano County

54,584 households are housing burdened, spending more than 30% of household income on rent.

See Solano County’s Need

Partner Agencies


  • Abode Services
  • Acorn Computer Learning Center
  • ACTS Full Gospel
  • AIDS Project East Bay
  • Alameda County Community Food Bank
  • Alameda County Small Business Development Center
  • Alameda County Social Services Agency *
  • Alameda Food Bank
  • Allen Temple Baptist Church
  • Bay Area Community Services (BACS)
  • Bay Area Legal Aid
  • Berkeley Emergency Food and Housing
  • Brighter Beginnings
  • Building Futures with Women and Children
  • Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS) *
  • Cal State Bay East Bay
  • Catholic Charities of the East Bay
  • Center for Community Self-Help *
  • Chabot–Las Positas Community College District,
  • DBA Tri-Valley One-Stop Career Center *
  • City of Fremont Human Services
  • City Serve of the Tri-Valley
  • Community Child Care Coordinating Council of
  • Alameda County *
  • Cooperative Center Federal Credit Union
  • Covenant House *
  • Davis Street Community Services
  • Dorothy Day House
  • East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE) *
  • East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation *
  • East Bay Housing Organizations (EBHO) *
  • East Oakland Community Project
  • Eden I&R, Inc. *
  • First Presbyterian (South Hayward Parish)
  • Freedom Community Clinic *
  • Fremont Adult and Continuing Education Project
  • Sentinel, Inc.
  • Fremont Family Resource Center *
  • Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley *
  • Hayward Area Recreation and Park District *
  • Healthy Havenscourt Collaborative (HHC)
  • Hope 4 the Heart
  • La Familia
  • Lao Family Community Development, Inc. *
  • Mercy Brown Bag
  • Mission Asset Fund
  • Oakland Catholic Worker
  • Oakland Community Land Trust *
  • Ohlone Works!, Career Ventures (WIOA) Employment
  • Services, Training
  • Open Heart Kitchen
  • Operation Dignity, Inc.
  • Ruby’s Place
  • Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, Inc
  • Salvation Army Hayward Corps
  • Salvation Army Oakland
  • Salvation Army Tri-Cities Corps
  • San Antonio Community Development Corporation *
  • Second Chance
  • Sister to Sister 2, Incorporated dba Serenity House *
  • Solid Rock Chuch
  • St. Mary’s Center
  • St. Vincent de Paul Alameda County
  • The Berkeley Friends Church dba Berkeley Food Pantry
  • The Spanish Speaking Unity Council of Alameda County *
  • Tree of Life Church *
  • Tri City Free Breakfast Program
  • Tri-Cities One Stop Career Center, EDD
  • Tri-City Volunteers
  • Tri-Valley Haven
  • Union City Family Center
  • University Credit Union
  • Urban Habitat *
  • Women’s Daytime Drop In Center


* UWBA Grantees

Make a Difference


We have been working to alleviate poverty across our eight‐county region for a century. We invite you to learn more about our work, our relationships.


Support Our Region

Now that you know the need, support our region and make a difference today!


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Partner With Us On Your CSR Goals

Find out how we can partner to amplify your community support and create a lasting impact together.


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Your Voice Matters

Raise your voice and advocate for policy measures that drive positive change and uplift the needs of our community.


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Alameda County Quiz

Roughly, what is the Real Cost Measure for a family of 4 in Alameda County?

Of their total income, what percentage of a family's income is spent on housing?