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2013 National SOAR Outcomes Released

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center recently released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2013.  The Outcomes Report reveals that since 2006, the SOAR approach has been used to assist more than 29,000 people who were experiencing or at-risk for homelessness with applications for Social Security disability programs - Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). 

More than 19,000 people who were experiencing or at-risk for homelessness have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application through the SOAR approach and an additional 3,000 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or appeal.  Based on data from 33 states, the individuals served had been homeless for an average of 17 months and 16 states report that, on average, 65% of applicants for SSI/SSDI were housed within an average of 59 days.  In 2013, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought an estimated $188 million into the economies of participating states and localities.

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