Office of Human Services

What We Do

The Office of Human Services assists with providing a safety net of services and works toward enhancing the quality of life in Palo Alto in a variety of ways.

Areas of Work

Human Services is separated into the following areas.

  • Child Resources
    Looking for child care or want to open a child facility in Palo Alto? Check out our child care link for helpful resources.
  • Family Resources
    Want a list of schools or health resources?  How about resources in times of crisis? Family Resources will help you find the resources and make the connections your family needs. 
  • Tenant/Landlord
    Helpful information for landlords and tenants who have questions about their rights and responsibilities.  Resources for members of the community who are struggling with a problem or dispute that involves a neighbor, tenant, landlord, employer, co-worker, local business or other person or organization in the community.  
  • Human Services Grants
    HSRAP is a grant program open to organizations who deliver direct services to Palo Alto residents so that they have a safety net of services.  
  • Emerging Needs Fund
    The Emerging Needs Fund assists non-profits serving Palo Alto residents with short-term and/or urgent funding to address emergency, critical or emerging human services needs.

Contact Us

Office of Human Services 
Minka van der Zwaag
Cubberley Community Center
4000 Middlefield Road, T2
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Phone: 650-463-4906 (General Resource Information)
Phone: 650-463-4953 (Direct)
Fax: 650-856-8756
minka.vanderzwaag@cityofpaloalto.org

Family Resources
Family Resources Hotline: 
650-329-2221

Affiliates:
Human Relations Commission
HRC@cityofpaloalto.org