Of the applications assisted using SOAR, 65 percent, representing 31,356 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 4,756 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or appeal.
Taken together, since 2006, SOAR is responsible for assisting 36,112 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.
Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 101 days in 2016, an increase of 20 days from 2015. The national SOAR allowance rate for 2016 is 67 percent. This compares to the initial allowance rate of 28 percent for all persons aged 18–64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in 2013.
We estimate that in 2016 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought over $300 million into the economies of participating states and localities.
Read more about SOAR in your state and successful collaborations in the 2016 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief.