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2021 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, 2021.

SOAR Works!

Over the last 16 years, the SOAR approach has been used to assist over 95,166 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 50,957 persons, have been approved for SSI/SSDI upon initial application since SOAR began. An additional 8,196 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 59,153 persons who were experiencing or at risk of homelessness to access Social Security disability benefits.

In 2021 alone, there were 3,206 approvals on initial application. Decisions on SOAR-assisted initial applications were received in an average of 155 days with an allowance rate of 60 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 2019.

We estimate that in 2021 alone, SSI/SSDI for the individuals served by SOAR brought over $564 million into the economies of participating states and localities.

2021 SOAR Outcomes Issue Brief


2021 SOAR Outcomes Infographic


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