2015 National SOAR Outcomes

Over the last 10 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist nearly 50,000 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness with applications for Social Security Administration (SSA) disability benefit programs. The SOAR TA Center is excited to release the 2015 National SOAR outcomes for SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2015.

Of the applications assisted using SOAR, 65 percent, representing 27,226 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 4,021 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or appeal.
Taken together, since 2006, SOAR is responsible for assisting 31,247 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.
Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 81 days in 2015, a decrease of 13 days from 2014. The national SOAR allowance rate for 2015 is 64 percent. This compares to the initial allowance rate of 28 percent for all persons aged 18–64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in 2013.
We estimate that in 2015 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought nearly $275 million into the economies of participating states and localities. In addition, states report that through SOAR they are:
  • Serving individuals who are chronically homeless. Based on data from 40 states, the individuals served had been experiencing homelessness for an average of two years.
  • Increasing access to housing. Twenty-four states report collaborations with supportive housing providers. These states also report that more than 50 percent of applicants for SSI/SSDI were housed in an average of 30 days.
SOAR programs nationally continued to strengthen relationships with hospitals, housing providers, and employment services. SOAR also worked closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and state and local Veteran initiatives to ensure that Veterans eligible for SSA benefits were assisted with their applications.
Read more about SOAR in your state and successful collaborations in the 2015 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief (PDF).