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  • Health and Social Services (HSS)


    Note for Coronavirus response period:
    We will offer mail services only to veterans who currently receive their mail at 1060 Howard Street in San Francisco and 2719 Telegraph Avenue in Oakland. Triage may be offered to veterans in need of immediate/emergency services.
    We will be open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1pm-4:30pm at our Oakland Service Center and Monday thru Friday from 1pm-4:30pm at our San Francisco Service Center, until further notice.
    We will continue processing rent checks for veteran clients during this time. Please continue to coordinate with your case manager or contact us at
    If you are a San Francisco resident seeking help with VA benefits or a discharge upgrade, please contact Swords’ Intake Specialist Rebecca Beville at or 415-252-4788 ext 313.
    All San Francisco veterans are eligible for a free one-time consultation with our attorneys, regardless of discharge status, the era of service, or length of service. Please note – We do not guarantee representation or ongoing assistance. We hope to return to our regular drop-in hours soon where all veterans who can attend are welcome.
    We will limit all non-essential services in our housing programs. During this period, we will have Front Desk staff, maintenance staff & janitorial staff only on a regular basis. Case management will be limited. Meal services in our programs will continue, but will be boxed and/or frozen. If you have questions or concerns, please email us at
    Any Employment & Training inquires including referrals, events, or services, please email us at Currently our office hours are limited and by appointment only. If any Employment & Training services are needed, please email, or contact your Employment & Training Employment Specialist or Job Developer directly.

    Offers a drop-in center providing outreach and critical care to help homeless, low-income, and at-risk veterans. Services include:

    • Case management
    • In-house referrals, and referrals to community partners emergency housing
    • Eviction prevention and assistance securing permanent housing
    • Mental health assessments
    • Substance abuse counseling and treatment referrals
    • Financial counseling and representative payee services
    • Income stability assistance, including help securing Social Security, SSI and SSDI
    • Assistance with Medi-Cal health plan services
    • Meal and transportation vouchers for eligible veterans
    • Mail, telephone and internet/computer services

    • East Bay Service Center
      2719 Telegraph Avenue
      Oakland, CA 94612

    • San Francisco Service Center
      1060 Howard Street
      San Francisco, CA 94103


    Languages Available: English

    Payment Description: No fee

    Intake and Eligibility: Open to all veterans regardless of discharge status, era of service, or length of service.

    Areas Served:
    • San Francisco County
    • San Mateo County
    • Alameda County
    • Contra Costa County
    • Marin County

    - Veteran Benefits Assistance

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