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State Information

Texas SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Lyla Ordonez
    Email: lordonez@avenue360.org
    Phone: 713-302-3176

TA Center Liaison:

  • Sametra Polkah-Toe
    Email: spolkahtoe@prainc.com

SOARing in Texas

SOAR (SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Access, and Recovery) is a national project designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI benefits for eligible children, youth, and adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorder. 

Please contact the State Team Lead for more information. 

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

Agency and community expectations will vary depending on local resources. However, any SOAR community is expected to implement a SOAR Lead at the minimum standard and community supports such as a steering committee as a highest standard.

Outcomes Tracking

Texas utilizes the SOAR Online Application Tracking (OAT) system to track the outcomes of SOAR-assisted SSI/SSDI applications. OAT can be accessed at https://soartrack.samhsa.gov/

Local Leads:

  • Lluva Akwe
    Houston, TX
    Email: lluva.akwe@bcm.edu
    Phone: 346-520-5051

  • Sheila Beach-Cramblet
    Fort Worth, TX
    Email: sheila.beach-cramblet@mhmrtc.org
    Phone: 682-263-6809

  • Rand Chaqmaqchee
    Houston, TX
    Email: rchaqmaqchee@homelesshouston.org
    Phone: 713-739-7514

  • Sheila Clary
    Dallas, TX
    Email: sclary@ntbha.org
    Phone: 469-607-7417

  • Tamara Duren
    Bryan, TX
    Email: durent@twincitymission.org
    Phone: 979-412-6930

  • La Shandraia Dwyer
    Austin, TX
    Email: lashandraiadwyer@austinecho.org
    Phone: 512-762-0813

  • Karisa Garner
    Waco, TX
    Email: karisa.garner@hotrmhmr.org
    Phone: 254-405-5281

  • Jerry Guillen
    San Antonio, TX
    Email: jerryguillen@sarahomeless.org
    Phone: 210-865-3516

  • Ashley Lemell
    El Paso, TX
    Email: alemell.epch@elp.twcbc.com
    Phone: 915-843-2170

  • Omar Martinez
    Houston, TX
    Email: omartinez@homelesshouston.org
    Phone: 832-531-6062

  • John Meier
    Abilene, TX
    Email: jmeier@westcentraltexas.org
    Phone: 325-864-4791

  • Patricia Palomo
    San Antonio, TX
    Email: Patriciapalomo@sarahomeless.org
    Phone: 210-876-0720 xx103

  • Justin Quick
    Fort Worth, TX
    Email: justin@ahomewithhope.org
    Phone: 214-702-8089

  • Stefanie Quintela
    Houston, TX
    Email: squintela@homelesshouston.org
    Phone: 214-632-9747

  • Miranda Ramos
    Spring, TX
    Email: maramos117@gmail.com
    Phone: 281-352-6785

  • Nathan Smith
    Austin, TX
    Email: nsmith@familyeldercare.org
    Phone: 512-745-6961

  • Robert Ward
    Burleson, TX
    Email: robert.ward@hhs.texas.gov
    Phone: 682-777-1340

SOAR for Children Leads:

  • Lyla Ordonez
    Houston, TX
    Email: lordonez@avenue360.org
    Phone: 713-302-3176

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