North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

Hospital Partnerships: A Win-Win Under SOAR

The SOAR initiative is a federally funded partnership (HHS, HUD) that seeks to assist adults who
are homeless to apply for SSI/SSDI, which generally provides health insurance as well. SOAR
involves a comprehensive approach that includes training for community and hospital staffs in the intricacies of the SSI/SSDI application process and ensuring that approved individuals receive health insurance, treatment, and other services to begin recovery. This initiative is a “win” for all medical providers, including hospitals, as services and medications are then covered under Medicaid or Medicare, depending on the disability benefit received.
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