Our Impact

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: 2016

Comprehensive, veteran-centered programs that work

San Francisco Bay Area Homeless, Low-Income & At-Risk Veterans Served

2,869 @

2 drop-in service centers

7 supportive housing sites

4 ongoing legal clinics

28% enrolled in more than 1 program

Housing is Critical to Stability

1,408 veterans were homeless upon entry

1,020 secured permanent housing

236 stabilized their lives at one of our transitional housing programs

408 made their home at one of our permanent supportive housing sites

207 others avoided eviction

We provided 923 nights of emergency housing

Addressing Critical Needs is the First Step to Removing Barriers

747 receive ongoing case management

271 received mental health assessments

40% sought help at our Health and Soocial Services Drop-In Center

We serve on average 48 new clients monthly

Aging Veterans Have Complex Health and Social Service Needs

51% served were over 55 years old

286 senior veterans live in one of our housing permanent supportive housing sites

33% of employment program clients were over 55

Increasing Income is Key to Our Mission

We help veterans get jobs, secure disability benefits, and free healthcare, and manage their finances.

1,457 were living off less than $1,000/month when they sought help

Staff and pro bono attorneys secured $11.2 million in disability benefits

106 received ongoing money management

Employment program clients increased their income by 45%

Community Partners Increase Our Impact

350 pro bono attorneys from 46 law firms & corporations staffed legal clinics that served 334 veterans

121 veteran cases placed with pro bono attorneys

2,241 police, clinicians, behavioral health providers, educators, & human resource professionals received our unique Combat to Community™ training

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