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Social Security Advocacy and SOAR

Applying for or maintaining Federal Social Security disability benefits can be hard. Social Security Advocacy and SOAR can help you navigate the system. There is no charge for this service.

Social Security Advocacy can help you apply for or maintain benefits. Advocates work with people on 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

Fact Sheet (PDF)

The SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) is designed to help people who are homeless, at risk of becoming homeless and have a disability that is expected to last one year or more, apply for Social Security disability benefits. People do not have to be on a specific public assistance program. Providers can help you if you:

  • Live on the street
  • Sleep in shelters
  • Worry about becoming homeless
  • Have a mental illness, co-occurring substance use disorder or other disability.

Minnesota’s SOAR Program Overview (PDF)

SOAR in the Community
The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) contracts with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA) to provide Minnesota's homeless and at-risk Veterans with expanded access to SSI and SSDI benefits. Eligible Veterans are able to work with a trained MDVA SOAR advocate who will assist them with collecting the necessary information, completing necessary SSA forms to file a comprehensiv application packet to SSA, and aiding them through the determination process. Watch highlights of MDVA's SOAR program.

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