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With a long track record of success helping veterans to lead stable and healthy lives, Swords to Plowshares is recognized for our expert leadership and continued dedication to improving the systems of care that our veterans rely on.
In our dual role as a service provider and advocate, we understand that many service members returning from current wars need help transitioning back into society. We advocate for more effective policies at the state, local and national levels to increase access to care and improve services for all veterans and their families. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we provide comprehensive services to nearly 3,000 veterans and their families each year.
Our Impact Providing Direct Services to Veterans: 2015
We served 3,120 veterans in our community last year. Of those we served, 17% were Post 9/11 veterans.
We operate seven stabilization, transitional, and permanent supportive housing programs to house homeless veterans.
- In 2015, we were able to provide 611 veterans with stabilization, transitional, and permanent supportive housing
Supportive Services for Veteran Families
We help veteran families obtain or retain permanent housing.
- We provided 1,254 veteran families with rapid rehousing and eviction protection services
Job Placement Services
We provide free job training, career assessments, and job placement for veterans.
- 319 clients received assistance with job placement and vocational training services
- $20.27: average hourly wage for job placements
Health and Social Services
We provide mental health assessments, referrals, case management and critical services to veterans.
- 654 homeless and low-income veterans were assessed for critical needs and provided with case management
Each year we help hundreds of veterans – many homeless and with disabilities – access the VA benefits and healthcare they earned and rely on. The Legal Pro Bono Program collaborates with legal students and pro bono attorneys to help veterans navigate the complex VA claims systems.
- 1,068 homeless and low-income veterans with disabilities received free legal services
- 583 clients received help with their VA claims by pro bono attorneys