SOAR Voices


Social Workers Stand Up and SOAR

By Josh Kivlovitz, SOAR Intern, Healthy Community Collaborative, Austin Travis County Integral Care in Austin, Texas

When I first began my internship, I had no experience working with populations experiencing homelessness, and I certainly had no idea what SOAR was. Learning about the SOAR process was such an eye-opening experience for both the challenges that adults experiencing homelessness face and the tremendous intricacies of Social Security disability.


Achieving Positive Outcomes, Focusing on Recovery: The Supportive Services for Veteran Families Program at 7hills

Guest post by SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness. This article was originally posted in SAMHSA's Program to Achieve Wellness' Winter 2017 Newsletter.


Finding a Path Out of Homelessness

Thie blog first appeared on December 8, 2016 on the SAMHSA blog.

By: Jayme S. Marshall, Chief, Homeless Programs Branch, Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration


SOAR and SSVF: Partnering to End Veteran Homelessness

With the deadline for the next round of Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) approaching on February 3rd, we want to highlight how important the integration of SOAR into SSVF programs has been in ending homelessness for Veterans with disabling conditions.


The SOAR Leadership Academy: An Attendee’s Perspective

Guest post by Suzie Brady, SOAR Specialist, Health Community Collaborative at Austin Travis County Integral Care in Austin, Texas

The SOAR TA Center has asked Local Leads who have participated in a SOAR Leadership Academy to share their experiences. Suzie Brady from Austin, Texas attended the Charleston, South Carolina SOAR Leadership Academy in August 2016.


Bigger Isn’t Always Better!

When applying for funding, do NOT overlook the smaller local funding sources!

We have all heard the saying “all politics is local”—the same idea applies when thinking about accessing funding for your SOAR programs. For the purpose of this article we will change the phrase to meet our needs: “most non-profit funding is local.” The fact is, most corporate and foundation funding going to non-profits comes from organizations in the nonprofit’s local area.


A Family Reunion at a Grantee Conference

I had the great opportunity to attend SAMHSA’s Homeless Programs Branch Grantee conference this past August 15-17.

It felt so much like a family reunion because the conference brought together so many people united around the same purpose and so many people that I have known for years, feel forever connected to but don’t get to see in-person very often.



The views, opinions, and content expressed in SOAR Voices do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors.

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