What is the SSI Ohio Project?
The SSI 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 SSI 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, SSI Ohio Specialists represent clients during the application process from start to finish. To locate an SSI Ohio Specialist, click on the Locate an SSI 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.