Over the last 14 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist over 80,047 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 43,486 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 6,591 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or appeal. Taken together, since 2006, SOAR is responsible for assisting 50,077 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.
In 2019 alone, there were 4,273 approvals on initial application. Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 108 days with an allowance rate of 63 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 2019 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought over $463 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 2019 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief (PDF).