The SOAR model’s culturally-sensitive engagement process and holistic approach to SSI/SSDI application assistance can be a critical support for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community members whether residing on or off reservations.
Native individuals and people who identify as two or more races make up a disproportionate share of the people experiencing homelessness. However, Native individuals face unique challenges in accessing SSI/SSDI benefits that include lack of awareness of services and transportation, language, and low literacy barriers. Additionally, the remote rural location of many Native communities and lack of access to technology such as broadband internet and cellular service adds to the difficulties for providers to conduct ongoing outreach and applicants to receive assistance and support.
This issue brief addresses how SOAR can be a critical support for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) community members.