Texas

Texas

Description of Project 
The State SOAR Lead for Texas is Texas Homeless Network. THN seeks to implement a statewide model of SOAR by working with each Continuum of Care and Local Homeless Coalition to build SOAR as a viable and sustainable resource.
 
SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a national project designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder. On average, of the cases where homeless individuals submit a traditional SSI/SSDI application without outside help, 28% are approved upon their initial application. Using SOAR, the success rate for initial SSI/SSDI applications in Texas has risen to 67%. THN knows that we can improve that number by helping more communities implement successful SOAR application processing.
 
Please contact the State Lead,  Jennifer Paulsen, at jennifer@thn.org, for more information. As the State Lead, THN is committed to working with communities throughout Texas to develop effective strategies to expand participation with the SOAR program by providing technical assistance and other administrative support.
Expectations of Participation in SOAR 

Agency and community expectations will vary depending on local resources.  However, any SOAR community is expected to implement a SOAR Lead at the minimum standard and community supports such as a steering committee as a highest standard.