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SOAR Webinar: Rural Homelessness

On this webinar, held on October 12, 2016, the SOAR TA Center and SOAR leaders discussed the challenges and successes implementing and sustaining SOAR in their rural areas.


For individuals with disabilities who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness in rural areas, accessing resources can be more limited than in urban areas. Access to health care and other critical supportive services, such as SOAR, is impacted by various factors from limited resources and service capacity, to the long distances between these resources. 

During this webinar, you will hear from two SOAR leaders from rural states who will describe both the challenges and successes implementing and sustaining SOAR in their rural areas. Presenters will provide an overview of their communities’ SOAR programs, and also present strategies to strengthen coordination and collaboration to address key challenges in a rural state or community. You will learn how establishing SOAR state certification standards and implementing the SOAR Online Course have increased service capacity and reach to newly served areas. Presentations will also include an overview of SOAR in rural areas, and its similarities and difference to SOAR in urban settings. 


  • Abigail Lemon, M.A., Project Associate, SAMHSA SOAR Technical Assistance Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc., Delmar, New York
  • Ambrosia Crump, M.P A., MSW, State SOAR Coordinator, Clark County Social Services, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Korrie Snell, LGSW, CABHI Project Coordinator and SOAR Local Lead, Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, Behavioral Health Services Commission, Topeka, Kansas