Funding & Sustainability

The SOAR TA Center can help you obtain funding for your SOAR Program!  We can conduct individualized funding source searches for your state, community, or program.  Please contact Matt Canuteson at


SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT) is now accepting applications for FY 2017 Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals (GBHI).

Here are some tips you should consider as you look towards supplementing your SOAR funding with crowd funding. 

There is no dedicated source of funding for SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) programs. However, states and communities have been resourceful in tapping a wide variety of funding sources.

PATH and SOAR are two key programs administered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) that work together to end homelessness. Both programs serve adults who have serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders who are experiencing or at risk for homelessness and assist them in gaining income and housing stability. 

Here are some tools and resources that can assist your efforts to obtain funding for your SOAR program.

SOAR programs can take advantage of the Cooperative Agreements to Benefit Homeless Individuals (CABHI) grant opportunity.

SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is now accepting applications for a new funding opportunity: Treatment for Individuals Experiencing Homelessness.


On this webinar, held on January 25, 2018, the SOAR TA Center and successful local and state SOAR leaders shared tips, tools, and strategies to help keep your SOAR program successful and sustaining.

SAMHSA's Homeless and Housing Resource Network (HHRN) hosted a webinar on strategies for funding SOAR Programs

Issue Briefs

The PATH and SOAR programs directly complement each other’s work. Both programs assist adults who have serious mental illnesses and/or co-occurring substance use disorders to recover from homelessness. This issue brief explores ways that PATH and SOAR can—and do—work together.

This issue brief, developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, provides strategies for forming partnerships, examples, and a sample agreement to help hospitals and community programs create collaborations that are mutually beneficial.

This issue brief, developed by the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, explores ways that agencies can involve AmeriCorps members at low or no cost to help implement SOAR.

SOAR Voices Blogs

**This blog is Part Two of two articles focusing on funding for SOAR. The first was focused on funding for SOAR programs operated by non-profit organizations. This article will focus on building statewide infrastructure to enable SOAR across your state. 

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.

Since 2006, SOAR has helped 31,248 individuals with obtaining SSI/SSDI benefits, which has facilitated access to critical services and supports, such as healthcare, behavioral healthcare, and critically, housing.

While SOAR has been available to nearly 50,000 individuals experiencing or at-risk of homelessness, SOAR is not available in all communities. Our mission is to see SOAR services available not only in our major cities but statewide in every state. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you look toward ensuring that SOAR is implemented across your state:

**This blog is Part One of two articles focusing on funding SOAR programs. The first is focused on funding for SOAR programs operated by non-profit organizations, and the second will focus on SOAR activities operated by state or local government entities.

In order to develop and sustain SOAR programs, it is important to diversify and expand the funding base for SOAR programs operated by non-profit organizations.

By Emmett Ruff, SOAR AmeriCorps VISTA, Journey Home