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State Information

Virginia SOAR State Team

State Team Lead(s):

  • Georgi Fisher
    Email: georgi.fisher@dbhds.virginia.gov
    Phone: 804-371-0802

TA Center Liaison:

  • Abigail Kirkman
    Email: akirkman@prainc.com
    Phone: (518) 439-7415 x5226

SOARing in Virginia

The SOAR effort in Virginia is an initiative designed to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness and have a mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder. 

Individuals interested in training are encouraged to reach out to the State Lead or SOAR TA Center Liaison using the contact information above for more information about SOAR.
 
To find out more, visit the Virginia SOAR website.

Expectations of Participation in SOAR

In addition to completing the SOAR Online Course, individuals seeking to complete SOAR applications in Virginia must meet the following criteria:

  1. Agencies seeking SOAR training must provide services to homeless adults and be actively engaged with their local Continuum of Care or Balance of State coordinating bodies.
  2. Agencies must be actively involved in the local SOAR Project planning process for their communities and maintain an active role as the project continues (i.e., attend quarterly SOAR meetings)
  3. Individuals that complete the SOAR Online Course must also attend a one-day SOAR training prior to submitting SOAR applications. This training will be offered in the participants’ communities. However, in some instances, participants may need to travel outside their community to complete the training.
  4. Individuals must be willing to submit SOAR data to the SOAR State Coordinator on at least an annual basis.
  5. Individuals must adhere to the expectations of the state SOAR project as outlined by the local community plan in collaboration with our partners at the Social Security Administration and Disability Determination Services.
For clarification regarding any of these criteria please contact the SOAR State Team Lead. 

Local Leads:

  • Lauren Dracoules
    Co-Lead: Cities of Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, King George, and Caroline , VA
    Email: lauren@dolovewalk.net
    Phone: 540-760-2655

  • Georgi Fisher
    Richmond; Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Floyd Counties, City of Radford; Eastern Shore – Nassawadox, Parksley, Exmore, Belle Haven, Onancock, and Accomack; Roanoke and surrounding counties, VA
    Email: georgi.fisher@dbhds.virginia.gov
    Phone: 804-371-0802

  • Kathleen Guilliams
    City of Roanoke, Roanoke County, Bedford, Christiansburg, City of Radford, Blacksburg, Pulaski and Floyd Counties and surrounding areas, VA
    Email: kguilliams@brbh.org
    Phone: 540-556-0795

  • Megan Hanson
    Co-Lead: City of Richmond and Colonial Heights, Counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, VA
    Email: mhanson@virginiasupportivehousing.org
    Phone: 804-514-5359

  • Jane Harless
    Norfolk, VA
    Email: janeh@laseva.org
    Phone: 757-627-5423 xx156

  • Allison Henry
    Staunton, VA
    Email: ahenry@vcsb.org
    Phone: 540-480-0712

  • Kathleen Heredia
    Co-Lead: City of Charlottesville, County of Albermarle, Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Wythe and the City of Galax, VA
    Email: kheredia@piedmontcsb.org
    Phone: 540-330-9069

  • Sara Kidd
    Bland, Carroll, Grayson, Smyth, Wythe and the City of Galax, VA
    Email: sara.kidd@mrcsb.state.va.us
    Phone: 276-613-1815

  • Liz Nyberg
    Co-Lead: City of Charlottesville, County of Albermarle, VA
    Email: liz@pacemshelter.org
    Phone: 434-465-1391

  • Brooke Singh
    Lynchburg, VA
    Email: brooke.middleton@horizonbh.org
    Phone: 434-455-3469

  • Jessica Wenger
    Co-Lead: Cities of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon, Prince William, Alexandria, Falls Church, Fairfax, Oakton, Winchester, and Manassas, VA
    Email: jessica.wenger@alexandriava.gov
    Phone: 703-409-6883

  • Nora Woodward
    Co-Leads: City of Richmond and Colonial Heights, Counties of Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, Petersburg, Powhatan, Prince George, VA
    Email: woodwardn@rbha.org
    Phone: 804-819-4190

SOAR for Children Leads:

  • Georgi Fisher
    Richmond; Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski, and Floyd Counties, City of Radford; Eastern Shore – Nassawadox, Parksley, Exmore, Belle Haven, Onancock, and Accomack; Roanoke and surrounding counties, VA
    Email: georgi.fisher@dbhds.virginia.gov
    Phone: 804-371-0802

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