Employment & Training

At Swords to Plowshares, veterans work one-on-one with job counselors to address their individual needs, overcome obstacles to employment, and determine a long-term career plan.

We have offices in San Francisco and Oakland so that we may reach as many Bay Area veterans as possible.

San Francisco
1060 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Drop-In Hours:
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm (appointments strongly encouraged)
Appointment Only:
Monday – Friday: All Day

East Bay
2719 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612

Drop-In Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9:30am – 12pm
Appointment Only:
Monday – Thursday: 1pm – 5pm


Legal Services

The government does not automatically provide benefits or even medical care to our country’s military veterans. Swords to Plowshares’ legal team works hard to get veterans the services they earned, and has been providing free legal services to veterans for decades.

Please note: Swords to Plowshares only provides legal services to low income and homeless veterans and their families who reside in the San Francisco Bay Area.

To learn more or connect with our Legal Team, please email us at legal@stp-sf.org

Drop-ins are Tuesdays and Thursdays (check dates below)
Sign up is from 9:00-10:00 AM
October: 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, 29
November: 3, 5, 12, 17, 19, 24
December: 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17

Only residents of San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Marin Counties are eligible for a one-time case assessment.


Supportive Housing

Swords has operated successful supportive housing programs for more than two decades. Our transitional and permanent residential programs, combined with a continuum of care, have provided thousands of homeless veterans with the stability and support they need to rebuild their lives.

If you or someone you know is a homeless veteran in need of permanent or transitional housing, Swords to Plowshares provides unique and outstanding housing options and supportive services. For more information, email us at housing@stp-sf.org

Health and Social Services

Our Health and Social Services department, known as the Frontline Drop-in Center, provides critical services to homeless and at-risk veterans. We work closely with partner organizations in the community and the Department of Veterans Affairs to help homeless, low-income and at-risk veterans find pathways to recovery.

ALL veterans are welcome at Swords to Plowshares regardless of length of service or discharge status.

Drop-in hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 AM -11:30 AM and reopens at 1PM for appointments

The Drop-in Center does not do case management on Fridays.

Monday – Thursday: 1 PM-5 PM; All day on Fridays

Location: 1060 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Phone: (415) 252-4788

Women Veterans

Swords to Plowshares understands that women veterans often struggle to access appropriate resources and care. Through the Women Veterans Project, we are continually working to improve our programs to meet the needs of the women who have served. In recent years we have launched new initiatives to provide women with the services and support they need.

Advocacy & Policy

Our Policy Department, known as the Institute for Veteran Policy (IVP),works to ensure that Iraq and Afghanistan-era veterans transitioning from combat to community, and all veterans, have the services and support they need. We work hard to ensure that local, state and national programs for veterans and their families are appropriate, accessible and adapt to the community’s changing needs.


Combat to Community

The mission of the Combat to Community cultural competency training is to improve the ability of providers, educators and program managers to work with returning veterans with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injury and other mental health disorders.