The County Veterans Service Office plays a vital role in saving the City welfare dollars from the General Fund by verifying all claimants applying for HSA Services like CAAP, Welfare to Work, Medi-Cal, IHSS, CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps), county shelters, and other HSA public assistance programs and services. This process is an important part of making a determination of eligibility for other funding sources. Veterans applying for welfare services are urged to contact their County Veterans Service Office for possible VA benefits they may be eligible to receive. This is very critical for the homeless, elderly, and medically or physically disabled veteran and their dependents.
We work closely with the Medical Examiner's Office, Social Security, Housing Authority, Public Administrator, Public Guardian, Public Conservator, Adult Protective Services, Rep-Payee Program, VA Medical Center (Ft. Miley), the Comprehensive Health Center (VA Downtown Clinic), the Vet Center (a counseling center for combat veterans), EDD, City College of San Francisco, and the Veterans Resource Center. There are also nonprofit service organizations we refer veterans to for specialized attention, such as Salvation Army Harbor House and Swords to Plowshares, which are both comprehensive programs for veterans offering assistance with employment, counseling services, transitional housing, and other immediate needs.