We are a community-based not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. We are dedicated to supporting nearly 3,000 homeless, low-income and at-risk veterans in the Bay Area every year.
Swords to Plowshares started with a single grant and a small office on Valencia Street. Now over 45 years later with an annual budget of $30+ million, we are still doing the same thing we set out to do — heal the wounds of war, restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.
We understand the issues veterans face - including homelessness, unemployment, disability, and health - are interconnected and require wrap-around support.
Access to healthcare, counseling, critical needs, and a community of support is critical for veterans trying to turn their life around.
We believe that every veteran deserves a safe and stable place to call home, but we recognize that not every path to housing is the same.
Securing income through employment or disability income is key to restoring independence and dignity.
Fund 17,923 nights of emergency housing
447 veterans were housed in our supportive housing programs
200 veteran families secured permanent housing; another 197 avoided eviction
410 veterans received free legal services to access VA healthcare and disability compensation
87 veterans secured new or better paying jobs
Our staff and Pro Bono Attorneys won over $11 million in direct benefits for veterans
Manage 500+ units of affordable housing
Educate 2500+ community professionals
Train 1,000+ attorneys in VA law annually
Advocate for veterans’ fair share of resources
Lead solution-focused coalitions at the local, state and national level
Year after year, Swords to Plowshares has been an excellent steward of private and public funds. We operate with significant dollars from public grants, but rely on the generosity of private donors who enable us the flexibility to serve veterans from all walks of life.