SOAR: SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery
What is SOAR?
Supplemental Security Income (SSI) / Social Security Disability Benefits (SSDI) Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) is a strategy to help states and communities increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for individuals who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and diagnosed with a severe mental illness.
For people who are homeless or who are returning to the community from institutions (jails, prisons, or hospitals), access to these programs can be extremely challenging. Approval for initial applications for people who are homeless and who have no one to assist them is about 10-15%. For those who have a mental illness, substance use issues, or co-occurring disorders that impair cognition, the application process is even more difficult – yet accessing these benefits is often a critical first step in recovery.
Are you homeless or at risk of being homeless?
Are you over the age of 18?
Have you been diagnosed with a mental illness?
If so, you may be eligible to apply for disability benefits through SOAR.
2016 approval rate on initial SOAR applications averages 67% in an average of 101 days (from date of application submission to decision date).
In 2016 alone SSI/SSDI brought at least 317,641,152 into the state and local economy of participating states and localities.
SOAR can provide a steady source of income and health insurance for people with mental illness who are experiencing homelessness. This makes it possible for many to secure housing, treatment, and other needed supports.