Over the last 13 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist over 71,705 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness with applications for Social Security disability programs.
Of the applications assisted using SOAR, 65 percent, representing 39,213 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 5,924 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or appeal. Taken together, since 2006, SOAR is responsible for assisting 45,137 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.
In 2018 alone, there were 4,294 approvals on initial application. Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 100 days with an allowance rate of 65 percent. This compares to the initial allowance rate of 28.5 percent for all persons aged 18–64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in 2015.
We estimate that in 2018 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought over $406 million into the economies of participating states and localities.
See our infographic below and read more about SOAR in your state and successful collaborations in the 2018 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief (PDF).