2020 National SOAR Outcomes

The SOAR TA Center has released the outcomes of SSI/SSDI applications submitted using the SOAR process from 2006 through June 30, 2020.

Over the last 15 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist over 88,351 people who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness with applications for Social Security disability programs.

Of the applications assisted using SOAR, 65 percent, representing 47,751 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 7,459 persons, whose applications were denied initially, were approved on reconsideration or at an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Hearing. Taken together, since 2006, SOAR is responsible for assisting 55,210 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.

In 2020 alone, there were 4,265 approvals on initial application. Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 115 days with an allowance rate of 65 percent. This compares to the initial allowance rate of 30.8 percent for all persons aged 18–64 who applied for SSI or SSDI in FY2019*.

We estimate that in 2020 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought over $518 million into the economies of participating states and localities.

Read more about SOAR in your state and successful collaborations in the 2020 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief (PDF)


The below infographic (PDF) offers a snapshot of our annual and cumulative outcomes.

SOAR 2020 Outcomes Infographic

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