Income Support

Swords to Plowshares’ income support and benefits assistance are a critical element of our supportive services to help veterans achieve long-term health, housing and financial stability.

Representative Payee and Money Management services allow Swords to Plowshares to oversee a veteran family’s income to pay their rent and other bills on a monthly basis. This service provides veterans with stability and enables staff to negotiate with landlords on the veteran families’ behalf to keep them housed and guaranteeing on-time rental payments. In addition, we educate veterans to manage their own finances as an important step toward independent living.

Our SOAR program helps veterans navigate the SSI/SSDI application process in order to enhance or stabilize their income and to retain housing. This is a necessary and viable resource for veteran families who may not be eligible for VA disability compensation and/or pension. SOAR staff help eligible veterans complete and expedite applications to receive benefits quickly.

Money Management

  • Income management assistance
  • Overcoming housing barriers (low credit, previous evictions etc.)
  • Representative payee services to ensure rent is paid in full and on time
  • Money management classes
  • Assistance with opening bank accounts

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) Assistance

  • Individualized assistance in accessing Social Security Administration benefits (SSI/SSDI) for eligible veterans
  • One-on-one application completion and processing – nationwide approval success rate of 65%+
  • Enhanced approval response times

Who is eligible?

Veterans who are blind, 65 years of age or older, or have a medically verifiable physical or mental health disability. Case managers can assess clients for eligibility. Visit one of our Bay Area locations during drop-in hours or schedule an appointment.


Locations and Hours

San Francisco
1060 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 252-4788
[email protected]

East Bay
2719 Telegraph Avenue
Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 844-7500
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Drop-in hours for general inquiries
Monday – Friday: 9am – 4pm
*Closed for lunch from 12 – 1pm

Drop-in hours for new clients
Monday – Friday: 9am – 11 am
*First come, first served or call for appointments

Monday – Thursday: 9am – 4pm
*Closed for lunch from 12 – 1pm