Swords to Plowshares - Bob Woodruff Foundation

Swords to Plowshares

Supportive Services for Homeless and Low-income Veterans

Service Area: San Francisco Bay Area

The following program was awarded grants as part of the Bob Woodruff Foundation’s second 2020 Expedited Grants Portfolio, addressing urgent needs related to COVID-19.

Swords to Plowshares provides critically needed services to nearly 3,000 homeless and extremely low-income veterans each year. Almost half of the veterans they assist have service-connected disabilities, and many more are only one missed paycheck away from homelessness. The COVID-19 health crisis has increased the health, housing, employment, and food needs of already vulnerable veteran families. An NFL-BWF “Healthy Lifestyles and Creating Communities” grant will ensure that services continue safely and allow Swords to Plowshares’ COVID-19 response to support and protect the 500 veteran residents in their supportive housing programs. The program will continue to provide 24/7 care in case of health crises or emergencies and continue to offer in-person mental health services and provide meals for their transitional housing residents, employing social distancing and masks for safety during one-on-one sessions.