City governments, federal agencies, ethnic non-profit groups as well as businesses are attempting to reach out to the non-English-speaking population to provide direct assistance, particularly during the current downturn in the economy.

Here is a list of contact information we have learned about through our translation services. Although far from exhaustive, it will hopefully provide some ideas of how an hour at the library searching for reliable sources can pay off.

Learn more about Redevelopment efforts downtown and future Transit Oriented Developments their quarterly newsletter is translated into Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese

Community and Economic Development Agency (CEDA)

Minority Business Enterprise Center
(408) 998 8058

On May 8, 2001 the City of Oakland, California, became the first city in the nation to pass an Equal Access to Services Ordinance (EAO) with the purpose of removing language barriers that limited-English speakers may have in accessing City services.

Overcoming language barriers is particularly important given the nation’s continued trend to a more multi-ethnic, multilingual population. Full access to government is a fundamental mechanism to promote equal opportunities in America’s diverse community, in so doing Oakland strengthens a healthier society.
Phone: (510) 238-2368 Fax: (510) 238-2223

FORECLOSURE PREVENTION AND HOME OWNERSHIPU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
All types of homeownership help in English and Spanish.
Telephone: (202) 708-1112 TTY: (202) 708-1455

The link below offers a variety of health information related to lead poisoning prevention in children.

California is the first state in the nation to launch an effort to help working Californians without bank accounts open starter accounts. “Bank on California,” will help more low- and middle-income Californians establish savings, build a credit history, gain access to lower-cost sources of credit and invest for the future.

The Energy Partners Program provides income-qualified customers free energy education, weatherization measures and energy-efficient appliances to reduce gas and electric usage.

CARE program provides a 20 percent discount on monthly bills for qualified low- or fixed-income households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of people living in your home and your total annual household income.

Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) is Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s rate reduction program for large households of three or more people with low- to middle-income.

The City of Oakland Office of Parks and Recreation (OPR) is excited about 2009 as this year marks the 100th year Anniversary of Creating Community through Families, Programs and Services. They offer high quality recreation services and programs open to all Oakland residents and visitors. These are low-cost and often free, fun activities in a clean, safe, healthy environment that provide opportunities for personal growth and skill development. They have a year long activities program available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The League of Women Voters publishes voter guides in 2-4 languages for each election. Participating in government improves your community’s fortunes.

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