We've been helping Bay Area veterans since 1974

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.  


Founded by
Vietnam-era vets

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.


Our values

Our Mission
War causes wounds and suffering that last beyond the battlefield. Swords to Plowshares’ mission is to heal the wounds of war, to restore dignity, hope, and self-sufficiency to all veterans in need, and to prevent and end homelessness and poverty among veterans.
Our Vision
All veterans will have access to the care and services they need to rebuild their lives.
Our Philosophy
Our model of care is based on the philosophy that the obstacles veterans face — including homelessness, unemployment and disability — are interrelated and require an integrated network of support.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At Swords to Plowshares, diversity, equity, and inclusion drive our mission. We embrace these values to foster an environment where every story is respected and all individuals can flourish.

Learn more about our DEI initiatives


Our services support
veterans in three key areas

We understand the issues veterans face - including homelessness, unemployment, disability, and health - are interconnected and require wrap-around support.

Health & Wellness

​​Access to healthcare, counseling, critical needs, and a community of support is critical for veterans trying to turn their life around.

Housing Support

​​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.

Our Housing Portfolio
Financial Stability

​​Securing income through employment or disability income is key to restoring independence and dignity.


Who we serve

We serve 3,200 veterans in the San Francisco Bay Area every year. The majority are homeless, extremely low-income, older than 55, and/or have a disability.


of veteran clients are low-income; 33% had no income at all prior to entering our programs


of our veterans are homeless, on average for 42 months.


clients are veterans of color;
42% are Black veterans


report living with a disabling condition, including PTSD and TBI

Positive impacts
for clients every year

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


Our diverse team of change makers

Leadership in the community

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


Our Funders

​​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.

Learn more about our financials