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Swords to Plowshares has operated successful transitional, stabilization, and permanent supporting housing programs for more than two decades. At any given time, we have the capacity to house up to 446 veterans, including 12 veterans with families, from all walks of life and generations of military service.
We operate seven different housing sites with multiple points of entry to address the many barriers veterans face on their path toward self-sufficiency. We offer the support services that improve outcomes, including Rapid Re-housing services, eviction protection, and money management programs to help keep veterans housed.
Transitional and Stabilization Housing
Our housing sites allow for a peaceful lifestyle, therapeutic to veterans who are trying to stabilize their lives. Sobriety, health improvement, and reintegration to society after periods of homelessness, addiction, incarceration and other factors is the main goal at our Transitional and Stabilization Housing sites.
- Treasure Island Transitional Living Program located on the former Naval base, provides low-barrier transitional housing for 35 veterans at a time, including specialized program support for chronically mentally ill, frail and elderly veterans, and veterans with substance abuse issues.
- DeMontfort Street Annex is located in a quiet residential neighborhood within two large, safe, and comfortable homes. The program offers a supportive living environment for 22 veterans at a time, offering a specialized stabilization program for veterans being discharged from inpatient psychiatric facilities and incarceration.
- Safe Haven at the Fairfax Hotel is a 19-room low-barrier housing program providing up to six months of residential support and an array of services to homeless veterans with multiple impairments to their physical and mental health, helping them exit homelessness permanently. This facility aims to serve chronically homeless veterans who often encounter multiple barriers toward entry into supportive housing programs.
Permanent Supportive Housing
Swords to Plowshares recognizes that veterans with histories of chronic homelessness require wraparound care to stabilize their lives and access to resources needed to become self-sufficient. Our six permanent supportive housing sites offer on-site mental health counseling, substance abuse counseling, support groups, educational programs, and workshops and community activities in an autonomous living environment coupled with a harm reduction model of engagement for our residents. All facilities have on-site property management staff, a resident manager and 24-hour program staff available for any needs that arise.
- The Veterans Academy is located on the former Army post in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. Housing 108 formerly homeless veterans with disabilities, this housing site, which opened in 2000, provides a peaceful location to help senior and disabled veterans heal from their wounds of war and age in place.
- Veterans Commons opened in 2012 and is located in the heart of San Francisco at 150 Otis Street, offering supportive housing and onsite services for 75 formerly homeless veterans with disabilities. The majority of residents are seniors with histories of chronic homeless and/or mental illness and the fully ADA accessible building is designed for veterans to age in place.
- Chinook Family Housing on Treasure Island allows for a peaceful lifestyle and offers a safe neighborhood for children. The site consists of twelve 2-bedroom single family units and provides permanent, affordable housing to veteran families coupled with supportive services.
- The Fairfax Hotel, which also houses the Safe Haven Program, provides permanent supportive housing to 20 disabled veterans exiting chronic homelessness.
- The Stanford at 250 Kearny houses 130 formerly homeless veterans at this permanent supportive site in downtown San Francisco.
- Maceo May Apartments on Treasure Island house 24 formerly chronically homeless veterans. This site consists of 2-bedroom units wherein each veteran will have their own bedroom and share common area spaces.
If you or someone you know is a homeless veteran in need of supportive housing, Swords to Plowshares provides unique and outstanding housing options and supportive services. For more information, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligibility differs at each housing site. An intake counselor can help navigate a veteran’s best option.