Monday, April 22, 2013

San Francisco Homeless Veteran Information and Referrals

For those who weren't able to make it to our Safely Serving learning event at St. Francis Lutheran last Saturday, here is some of the referral information the presenter, Chris, handed out:

1095 Homeless Venterans (2011 City & County of San Francisco Point-In-Time Count)
  • Homeless veterans reported an average of nearly six years homelessness, compared to four years among non-veterans.
  • Length of homelessness matters because the longer people spend on the streets, the more health risks they tend to develop.
  • As the group, veterans were 11% more likely to suffer from at least one condition linked to increased risk of death among the homeless population.
  • Female Veterans are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population.
  • Women who are Veterans are at much higher risk of homelessness than male counterparts.
San Francisco Veteran Organizations
  • SF VA Fort Miley   415-221-4810, 4150 Clement St. (42nd Ave and Clement - #38 Geary Muni bus line)
  • SF VA Downtown Clinic    415-281-5100, 401 Third Street (at Harrison) Drop-in: 8:00-11:30am Monday -Friday
  • San Francisco County Veterans Service Office     415-503-2010, 27-B Van Ness Ave, Drop-in: 9-noon and 1-4pm Monday through Thursday.
  • Swords to Plowshares    415-252-4788, 1060 Howard St, Drop-in: 9-4 Monday through Friday.
  • SF Veteran Resource Center (Veteran Success Center)     415-926-5090, 401 Van Ness, Room #205, Drop-in: 1:30-5pm  Monday through Friday.  
Where to start? 

Eligible for VA Services?
  1. SF Veterans Service Office 
  2. Contact Stan Lewandowski, Member Services at the SF VA Downtown Clinic

Emergency Shelter? 
  1. Swords to Plowshares 
  2. VA Downtown Clinic 
Recovery Programs?
  1. Swords to Plowshares
  2. SF Veteran Success Center
Job Search? 
  1. Swords to Plowshares
  2. SF Veteran Success Center
Homeless Medical Services?
  1.  VA Downtown Clinic
Discharge Issues?
  1. Swords to Plowshares (see if it's possible to improve your discharge status)
  2. SF County Veterans Service Office (get your discharge information)
  3. VA Downtown Clinic (programs for those with less the honorable discharge)
  1. VA Veteran Justice Outreach   Contact person:  Elizabeth Brett  415-489-3306
Women Veterans?
  1. Women's Clinic at Fort Miley (On the first floor which is downstairs)
Readjustment Counseling? (Mental Health)  
  1. SF Vet Center

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