North Carolina Coalition to End Homelessness

For Community Partners

The success of the SOAR program is credited not only to the dedicated caseworkers who help clients to complete applications, but to communities and institutions that support caseworkers and agencies in their work.  Community support and investment is critical to maintaining a sustainable, successful program.  
NC SOAR County Quarterly Reports
Want to see how your county is benefiting from the SOAR program? Check out our County SOAR Outcome Reports for 2013. Are your outcomes not listed? We would love to include information from everyone who is doing SOAR in North Carolina. Please send us your outcomes by either downloading our Outcome Reporting Tool and faxing it to us (888-742-3465) or by completing the Outcome Report on our website. If you are interested in how SOAR could benefit your community, please contact Emily Carmody by email or at 919-755-4393. 
As caseworkers, agencies and communities learn about NC SOAR, they often have questions about the program. NC SOAR now has an NC SOAR FAQ to address these frequently asked questions. Please review this document to find what the SOAR program is, how it can benefit your community and how to get started with NC SOAR. 
NC SOAR also has an Advanced SOAR FAQ that is available to SOAR-trained caseworkers on our password-protected webpages. If you are trained SOAR caseworker and would like to access these pages, please send an email to with the subject line "Access SOAR Webpages." 
Outreach Tool for Physicans
Do you need help educating physicians in your community about the NC SOAR program? Are you a physician that wants to know more about the SSI/SSDI process and your role in helping patients obtain these benefits? NC SOAR now has a document to help outreach to physicians in the community! Please use this document to explain the SSI/SSDI process, the physician's role in the process, and to explain how SOAR applications are different than "business as usual." If you have questions regarding this document, please contact Emily Carmody at
Hospital Collaboration Primer
Hospitals are natural partners when it comes to SOAR. SOAR can help hospitals recoup indigent care funds provided to SOAR applicants while vital SSI/SSDI benefits break the cycle of hospital admissions and homelessness. North Carolina hospitals are seeing the importance of funding dedicated SOAR positions with two hospitals in the state now funding community SOAR caseworker positions!
The national SOAR team, Policy Research Associates, has released a Hospital Primer about building collaborations with hospitals to support SOAR programs in the community. The primer provides examples of how other programs work with hospitals, tips on meeting with hospitals, and an example MOU between a SOAR program and hospital. If you have questions about hospital collaborations, please contact Emily Carmody by email or at 919-755-4393. 
NC SOAR Community Certification
Interested in building and maintaining a sustainable SOAR program in your community?  Learn more about NC SOAR Community Certification today!  Community Certification provides specific and concrete stepping stones to success for communities interested in building a lasting program.  NC SOAR Certified Communities are able to benchmark themselves against other cities and counties in our state, receive feedback and specialized technical assistance from NCCEH on current strategies.
As communities across North Carolina begin to implement strategic SOAR initiatives, we're here to help!  Contact Emily Carmody by email or at 919-755-4393 to plan a community SOAR meeting and to get started with NC SOAR Community Certification.
SOAR Essentials
NCCEH is now working with communities to schedule SOAR Essentials Trainings, a 4 hour abbreviated version of the SOAR training for support staff and supervisors.  If you would like schedule a SOAR Essentials training in your area, please let us know.
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