Description of Project County-Based SOAR Initiatives:
Atlantic County/Jewish Family Services (JFS)
JFS has one SOAR dedicated staff member.
In Atlantic County, annual SOAR training is held and open to various social service providers including Atlantic County Board of Social Services, various partial care programs, Mental Health Association and JFS.
All Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) and traditional Supportive Housing staff at JFS of Atlantic County are required to attend training.
Ann Thoresen Program Director, Atlantic Homeless Alliance is a SOAR trainer for the state of NJ.
Mercer County SOAR Program
A community collaborative of agencies with a focus on developing capacity to make the SOAR process available to all individuals who are homeless and potentially eligible for SSI/SSDI. The project sees SSI income as a building block to permanent housing.
There is a Steering Committee with membership of the Director of the Mercer County Office of the Social Security Administration, the Mercer Alliance to End Homelessness, Greater Trenton Behavioral Health, and Family Guidance, the agencies who employ Case-managers doing applications,the Mercer County Department of Human Services and Mercer County Board of Social Services. Their role is to oversee the project and trouble shoot problems that occur with the inter-agency nature of the work. Steering Committe Chair: Ann Dorocki, Mercer County Department of Human Services, 609-989-6826
There are 2 full time Case-managers who work on SOAR applications: