Building Better Programs

Project SOAR

The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) programs provide cash assistance to individuals who have disabilities that limit work. Although people who are homeless have a particularly urgent need for this kind of assistance, they are much less likely to be approved for benefits compared to other applicants. The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) initiative aims to improve access to these critical benefits for people who are homeless, using a multi-pronged strategy to mitigate the most common challenges they face when applying for SSI/SSDI.  While this project was focused on helping homeless individuals to navigate the SSI application process, the information provided here is relevant for other individuals living with a disability, including TANF recipients.

ASPE – Successfully Implementing Soar: Lessons Learned From Six States 

Mathematica Policy Research – Findings from a Study of the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative