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State Information

Ohio SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Candace Talty
    Phone: 614-280-1984

TA Center Liaison:

  • Dazara Ware
    Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5260

SOARing in Ohio

Administrated through the Coalition on Homelessness and Housing in Ohio (COHHIO), SOAR Ohio helps move some of Ohio’s most vulnerable community members into better housing opportunities, through access to the Social Security benefits application process. SOAR Ohio specialists assist by helping individuals experiencing homelessness expedite the federal Supplemental Security Income/Social Security Disability Insurance (SSI/SSDI) application process. Through a strong partnership with the Social Security Administration and the Division of Disabilities Determination, SOAR Ohio Specialists represent clients during the application process from start to finish.

To learn more about SOAR Ohio and how to become SOAR certified please visit the SOAR Ohio website or reach out to the State Team Lead (contact information above) to learn more and discuss next steps.

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

For certification and eligibility to submit a SOAR-assisted application in Ohio, successful completion of the SOAR Online Child or Adult Course must be established. A second training will follow, offered by the SOAR Ohio Lead Team, with a review session of the SOAR Online Course, training on submission of claims and policy specifics for Ohio SSA and DDS. This is currently a 4-hour virtual certification and is by invitation only from the SOAR State Lead.

Expectations of SOAR Ohio Certified Specialists

Specialists must follow the National SOAR process as well as state-specific policies. All specialists are encouraged to connect with State Lead, Local Leads and SOAR TA Center Liaison.  To learn more about SOAR Ohio expectations, please view the PDF document under the above “State Documents” tab.

Local Leads:

  • Brent Barrow
    Dayton, OH
    Phone: 937-329-1555

  • Erica Copley
    Columbus, OH
    Phone: 614-280-1984 xx142

  • Ed Garcia
    Lorain, OH
    Phone: 440-204-4154

  • Arnita Miller
    Cincinnati, OH
    Phone: 513-357-4619

  • Chase Strader
    Cleveland, OH
    Phone: 216-347-2853

SOAR for Children Leads:

  • Candace Talty
    Columbus, OH
    Phone: 614-280-1984

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State Documents

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SOAR Ohio Expectations.pdf

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