Housing at Swords to Plowshares

Soo Kim
February 23, 2023

In 2022, we worked tirelessly to house veterans without shelter and improve our six permanent supportive housing programs. We believe that permanent supportive housing is the best option for veterans facing intersecting issues such as housing insecurity, PTSD, and physical disabilities. With the elevators finally running in our housing program in the Presidio this year (soon to be re-dedicated as the “Jon W. Paulson Veterans Community”), we have seen firsthand how critical accessible environments and community-building opportunities are to the overall well-being of underserved veterans. We offer housing programs and services to meet the needs of all veterans; ranging from low-barrier transitional housing, to permanent supportive housing, to assistance getting into independent market rental housing. Each veteran is treated as an individual and provided a range of services to address their housing stability.

Our housing numbers tell our 2022 story:

  • We provided 17,923 nights of emergency housing to unhoused veterans working toward stability. Emergency housing introduces veterans facing housing instability with temporary respite and access to the resources they need to find the right home.
  • 450 veterans lived with us in our permanent supportive housing programs; 76% of them are 55 years of age or older. Aging veterans deserve a stable residence and access to senior-centered services. Our permanent housing programs have built a community of care for senior veterans who otherwise would have difficulty living on their own.
  • 97 veterans were enrolled in our stabilization housing programs to gain stability and receive intensive mental health support. Many of these veterans also began their journey in substance use rehabilitation with our community-based partners.
  • We served 100,785 meals to veteran residents in our supportive housing programs through contracts with Project Open Hand and Centro Latino de San Francisco. Warm, nutritious meals are critical to support the food security of senior veterans and residents with disabilities.
  • 202 veterans secured permanent housing, and 197 veterans prevented eviction with our financial assistance for rent, utilities, security deposits, and moving costs. Housing insecurity is more than living without a roof. We also work to prevent veterans from losing their housing in the first place.  

Meet Jerry Bartlett

Jerry Bartlett is a 68-year-old U.S. Navy veteran who lives in our Presidio housing site. He has benefitted immensely from the elevator installation. “They have impacted and changed my life,” he exclaims. Before the elevators opened, Jerry was often secluded in his apartment unit on the third floor and faced physical difficulties making it up and down the four flights of stairs. With the elevators running, Jerry can come and go as he pleases on his electric scooter. “The elevators are a godsend. I don’t have to use my crutches and I don’t have to ask for help… everything is looking great.”

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