In January, SSA announced 25 new Compassionate Allowances conditions, including a dozen cancers. This brings the total number of conditions to 225. The Compassionate Allowances program identifies claims where the applicant’s disease or condition clearly meets Social Security’s statutory standard for disability. To date, almost 200,000 people with severe disabilities have been approved through this fast-track disability process. For more information on the program, including a list of all Compassionate Allowances conditions, please visit http://www.socialsecurity.gov/compassionateallowances.
Read the February 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.
HUD’s Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for the FY 2013-FY 2014 Continuum of Care competition was released on November 22, with applications due on February 3, 2014. Read more about it in our January 2014 eNewsletter.
Read the January 2014 issue of the SOAR eNewsletter here.
The National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day will be on December 21, 2013, the first day of winter. Communities throughout the country organize events to honor the lives of individuals who died this year while living on our streets. The National Healthcare for the Homeless Council is a co-sponsor of the event and has resources for communities looking to host a Memorial Day event. Information, including an organizing manual, can be found here: http://www.nhchc.org/resources/consumer/homeless-persons-memorial-day
On October 18, 2013, a memo was released by the Department of Veterans Affairs encouraging VA employees to be trained in and utilize SOAR in their efforts to serve the at-risk and homeless Veteran popoulation. Read the memo here.
On June 3rd, President Obama and Vice President Biden hosted the National Conference on Mental Health as part of the Administration's efforts to launch a national conversation to increase understanding and awareness of mental health. Read more....