What is the SOAR Ohio Project?
The SOAR Ohio project is designed to move Ohio’s most vulnerable populations into better housing opportunities. We work on behalf of disabled individuals who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless, preparing to exit institutions and/or a diagnosis of a severe and persistent mental illness by helping them expedite the SSI/SSDI (Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance) application process. Once they receive their benefits, clients can access safe, decent, affordable housing.
How does the Project Work? Clients work with SOAR Ohio Specialists in agencies around Ohio. These are highly trained caseworkers who use the evidenced-based SOAR methodology (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery) to complete expedited disability applications on behalf of clients.
Through a strong partnership with the Social Security Administration and the Division of Disabilities Determination, SOAR Ohio Specialists represent clients during the application process from start to finish. To locate an SOAR Ohio Specialist, click on the “Locate a SOAR Ohio Specialist” button above.
Who is eligible to work with a specialist? Individuals who are homeless (living on the streets, “couch surfing,” etc.), at risk of homelessness (e.g. home in foreclosure) or exiting a prison, hospital, nursing home, or other institution, and who present with a mental illness and/or physical disability that interferes with their ability to work may be eligible to work with a Specialist.
What are the outcomes? The SOAR Ohio Project has helped thousands of Ohioans access the disability benefits they need to help maintain their housing, health, and financial stability. Ohio’s program stood out as first in the nation for applications submitted and a close second for approvals granted, according to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2016 SOAR Outcomes Report. The SOAR Ohio team has also helped clients get results much faster than the national average. From July 2016 to March 2017, communities across Ohio have seen the impact of $1.8 million in financial support and medical coverage for clients approved through the SOAR program.
For more information: Contact Amy Lamerson, SOAR State Lead with COHHIO, at email@example.com or call her at: 614-280-1984 x.128.