If you are homeless, or at risk of losing your home because of a disability, we want to talk to you!
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) are disability income benefits administered by the Social Security Administration (SSA) that also provide Medicaid and/or Medicare health insurance to eligible individuals. We know that the application process for SSI/SSDI is complicated and difficult to navigate. Nationally, only about 28 percent of individuals who apply for these benefits are approved on initial application, and appeals take an average of one year to complete.
The application process for SSI/SSDI is complicated and difficult to navigate. Nationally, only about 28 percent of individuals who apply for these benefits are approved on initial application and appeals take an average of one year to complete. If you are homeless and you have no one to help you, your chances for approval drop to 10-15 percent. Some of you have been denied three, four, and five times or more.
If you are not able to work because of a disability such as mental illness, medical impairment, and/or a co-occurring substance use disorder, paying your rent and mortgage and keeping a roof over your head is difficult. Disability benefits may be critical if you are on the verge of losing your home. If you have already lost your home, keeping up with the paperwork and mailings is almost impossible without a permanent and stable address.
In short, if you are homeless or on the verge of losing your home, securing disability benefits is the first step to helping you to recover and get back on your feet.
At Catholic Charities, Marci Smith, Director of Family Services, has been certified as an SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Case Manager who can act as your representative, submitting a complete, high-quality application on your behalf that has a greater chance of being approved quickly. Since 2006, over 31,356 initial SOAR SSI/SSDI applications have been approved. The 2016 allowance or approval rate on initial SOAR applications averages 67 percent in an average of 101 days (from the date of application submission to date of decision), and Kansas was one of the top ten states in 2016. Furthermore, SOAR is about you, the person, and not all of the forms. Through compassion, persistence, strategic planning, training, and technical assistance, we are committed to helping you to avoid or recover from homelessness and experience hope and fulfillment.
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