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Social Security Advocacy and SOAR

Do you need help applying for disability benefits?

Applying for or maintaining federal Social Security disability benefits can be a challenge. Advocates are available to help you navigate the system and get all the benefits for which you are eligible.

Get help now

Visit our online directory of agencies that can help, or call the Disability HUB at 1-866-333-2466. There is no charge for this service.

How advocates can help

Social Security advocates can assist you with the application and appeal process. Advocates across the state are available to help you by:

  • Acting as your authorized representative
  • Answering questions
  • Completing forms
  • Conducting an intake assessment
  • Filing appeals
  • Representing you at hearings

How these programs work

Helping manage the application process is the work of two programs: Social Security Advocacy and SOAR.

Social Security Advocacy can help you apply for or maintain disability benefits if you are on any of the following public assistance programs:

  • Diversionary Work Program
  • General Assistance
  • Housing Support (formerly Group Residential Housing)
  • Minnesota Family Investment Program
  • Refugee Cash Assistance
  • Title IV-E Foster Care

SOAR (SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery) can help you apply for Social Security disability benefits if you are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and have a disability expected to last a year or more.

Help for veterans. The Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs provides Minnesota's homeless and at-risk veterans with expanded access to SSI and SSDI benefits. Find out more

Watch a video about the Veteran’s Affairs SOAR program.

Social Security Advocacy and SOAR Fact Sheet (PDF)

About SSI and SSDI

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) are federal disability benefits that provide income to people who cannot keep a job because of a disability. Benefits can be a critical step toward ending homelessness and promoting recovery.

Supplemental Security Income provides a monthly cash benefit for people who are unable to work. Recipients of SSI have:

  • Limited income
  • Less than $2000 in assets ($3000 for a couple)
  • A disability that affects your ability to work.

If you qualify for SSI, you may also qualify for Medical Assistance, Minnesota Supplemental Aid and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Social Security Disability Insurance provides a monthly cash benefit based on a person’s Social Security earnings record. In general, the more a person worked and paid in Social Security taxes, the higher their benefit will be. Individuals who get SSDI for 24 months will then get Medicare.

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