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SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is a national program designed to increase access to the disability income benefit programs administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) for eligible adults and children who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

The goals of the SOAR program speak directly to one of SAMHSA’s Strategic Initiatives - Recovery Supports. SOAR seeks to end homelessness through increased access to SSI/SSDI income supports, directly addressing SAMHSA’s assertion: “To recover, people need a safe stable place to live.” This is essential, and for many persons in recovery accessing benefits is a first step.  But SOAR extends beyond and also encourages employment as a means to increase individual income and promote recovery in line with the SAMHSA assertion that: “to recover, people need meaningful work and the ability to enhance their skills through education.”

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Recent Questions About SOAR

Q: Can someone who is in prison and not receiving any benefits apply for SSI?
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Social Security has what they call Pre-release Procedures for individuals who want to apply for SSI while they are still in an institution (jail, prison, state hospital, etc). The general rule is that an individual can apply 30 days prior to their expected release date, although there are...
Q: Do I need to submit a SSA-3369 Work History Report with an initial application?
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The SSA-3369 Work History report is only necessary if/when DDS reaches step 4 of the Sequential Evaluation. In this case, DDS will contact you to request it. You can read more about the SSA-3369 here: https://soarworks.prainc.com/article/ssa-3369-work-history-report .
Q: Why would someone have their SSI benefits check reduced by one-third?
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It sounds like they may be living in a situation that SSA calls Living Arrangement B, which is when someone is living with a family member or friend and is receiving food and shelter at no cost. SSA calls that "in-kind support and maintenance" and generally reduces the individual's...
Q: Is military deployment considered living overseas on question SSA-8000 15(a)?
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No, military deployments do not count as residency abroad.