Children and Youth Resources

SOAR is a key part of a systemic response to ending youth homelessness and represents an innovative model for increasing income and housing stability for youth who have disabling conditions, particularly for those exiting foster care.

For youth with disabling conditions, obtaining SSA disability benefits is an important strategy to address the targeted outcomes for ending youth homelessness of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH): stable housing, education and employment benefits.
Focusing on these outcomes, through a connection with Medicaid and SSA’s work incentives, has been shown to improve the health of participants, and provides individuals with the opportunity to live full and productive lives. The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center has developed a number of tools and resources available to providers working with children and youth.

Online Resources

Issue Briefs


Fact Sheets

SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum

The SOAR Online Course: Child Curriculum trains case managers to assist children (under age 18) who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

SOAR Leadership Academy for Child Providers

A three-day SOAR Leadership Academy designed to prepare individuals who work within the child and youth systems of care to serve as local leads within their communities, guide the SOAR initiative and support individuals who complete the SOAR Online Course. Contact the SAMHSA SOAR TA Center liaison in your state for information.

SOAR Technical Assistance

The SAMHSA SOAR TA Center offers free, comprehensive guidance from national experts on SOAR implementation for communities working to end homelessness for children and youth.