Increasing income through employment and Social Security disability benefits is critical for maintaining housing stability. However, for individuals utilizing housing vouchers, fear of losing their vouchers often prevents them from exploring employment. To encourage work, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has numerous incentives to protect those returning to work from immediate rent increases and voucher loss.

Helping someone get approved for SSI/SSDI benefits is quite an accomplishment -- but it is not our end goal. A steady monthly income can open doors to housing, health insurance and other assistance.


In this webinar, held on Thursday, April 7, 2016, the SOAR TA Center introduced their latest issue brief, "Housing Access and Stability with SOAR," and heard from providers who have successfully integrated SOAR and Housing First.

Issue Briefs

This issue brief, developed by the SOAR TA Center, looks at the integration of the SOAR model into Housing First programs.

SOAR Voices Blogs

She was lying in a newspaper bin on the corner of K St. and 22nd St. in Washington, D.C.  I call her Emily.

I wonder what name Chuck would have given her?  Who was he thinking about when he drew this stunning portrait on the back of a housing choice flyer? “What type of Housing Works for you?“  

There are few things that connect a person more to their community than a home.  This is especially true when a person who has experienced homelessness finally gets to turn the key to their new apartment.  For September’s Recovery Month, Policy Research Associates, Inc.

It’s National Public Health Week (April 3-9, 2017) and like our partners and providers around the country, we are helping to raise awareness of how homelessness impacts public health. This year’s annual theme, coordinated by the American Public Health Association, is “Healthiest Nation 2030.” This theme focuses on how we can work together to create the healthiest nation in one generation.

One of the benefits I have been most excited about since joining PRA, the operator of the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center, in September 2017 is the professional development benefit. Each employee has the opportunity to attend a professional conference of interest to the individual employee once a year for the purpose of enhancing their professional development.