We the Continuum of Care Network of Northwest Indiana/Regional Planning Council-Region 1-A are pleased to invite you to attend the kick-off meeting for the Northwest Indiana SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Initiative. SOAR is designed to expedite access to Social Security disability benefits for people who are homeless or at risk for homelessness and who have serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders. Fifty states, including the District of Columbia, now participate in the national SOAR Technical Assistance Initiative which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Outcomes from 44 states provided evidence of the efficacy of the SOAR initiative. In 2011, 71 percent of the applications submitted using the SOAR approach was approved on initial application in 101 days on average. For persons who are homeless who do not receive assistance to apply, the approval rate is estimated at 10-15 percent. The national average for all applicants is 31 percent. With these benefits, people have a reliable source of income making it easier to access housing and support services that can lead to greater, long-term self-sufficiency and recovery.
The SOAR initiative in Lake County, NWI is sponsored by the Continuum of Care Network NWI, Inc. The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at Wicker Memorial Park, 8554 Indianapolis Boulevard, Highland, IN 46322 at 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. You have been invited to participate on the planning group that will create and implement an action plan to implement SOAR in Lake County. Lunch will be provided. A draft agenda for the day will be forwarded shortly.
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Continuum of Care Network of NWI
The Continuum of Care Network of NWI (COC) is a local system for helping people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, by providing housing and services appropriate to the whole range of homeless needs in the community. This can include everything from homeless prevention to emergency shelter to permanent housing. The COC was implemented as a way to encourage communities to better coordinate the planning and provision of housing and services for homeless people.