Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency (OLHSA) is part of a united community dedicated to combatting poverty. Since our formation as a Community Action Agency in 1964, we have been a driving force behind President Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty, working hand in hand with the residents of Oakland and Livingston Counties. We provide tailored support to individuals and families, helping them overcome the challenges of poverty. Together, we are creating meaningful and lasting change, one life at a time. Join us in making a difference!

About Our Team

OLHSA team members strive for excellence, respect others, honor diversity, and are one of our most valuable internal resources. We partner with community members and local organizations to provide more of an impact in our community work.

In 2023, OLHSA provided Community Action support 
for 9,355 people in Oakland and Livingston Counties. 

National Community Action Partnership

OLHSA is a member of a national network of Community Action Agencies (CAA) that work with individuals, families, and communities to reduce the causes and conditions of poverty. For over 50 years this network of 1,000 CAAs has worked to make our communities a better place to live.

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Our Mission

To empower families and communities to gain the knowledge, skills and resources needed to improve their quality of life.

In pursuit of this mission OLHSA will:

  • Advocate on clients' behalf to provide more opportunities and fewer barriers.
  • Provide educational and economic resources to increase client self-sufficiency.
  • Help reduce the causes and effects of poverty.
  • Foster citizen participation to initiate programs and improve existing services based upon local community needs.

The Promise of Community Action guides OLHSA's work.

Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.

Our Vision

To break the cycle of poverty, reaching the day when all families and communities thrive.

Our Values

Serving our clients with dignity, respect and care.
Pushing ourselves toward thoughtful, creative, long-term solutions.
Embracing a wide array of viewpoints and possibilities.
Doing the right thing in all we do.
Partnering with all who can help us help others.
Managing fiscal and programmatic resources responsibly and ethically.
Putting voice with action in pursuit of our vision.

Success Stories

Board of Directors

Representatives from the public sector, private sector and the low-income community are equally represented on the Board of Directors. The insights and expertise brought by each group helps assess the needs, resources and opportunities that characterize Livingston and Oakland County communities.


Khalfani Stephens
Brent Earl
Vice Chairperson
Janet Jackson
Douglas Williams

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