SOAR aims to help states and localities make SSA disability benefits more accessible to homeless persons. Currently, HUD requires communities to only report if they have received SOAR training (and provide dates of completion) on annual CoC applications for funding. However, CoC participation in SOAR training alone is not an accurate indicator of SSI or SSDI enrollment. HUD should require CoCs to focus on SOAR implementation and report relevant outcome data to measure the initiative’s effectiveness. Additionally, little information is known on the number of homeless families receiving SSI and SSDI. Separate statistics on homeless parents and children accessing benefits should also be mandated.
The National Survey of Programs and Services for Homeless Families is an online resource for service providers, advocates, researchers, and public policy makers. The Web site provides a state-by-state snapshot of the interconnections between governmental and nonprofit work to end family homelessness. Click here to visit the National Survey of Programs and Services for Families web site for additional information.