This brief study examined innovative approaches to establishing supplemental security income (SSI) benefit eligibility for individuals experiencing chronic homelessness. The SSI program provides income support which is critical for obtaining housing stability, and in most states also is a key criteria in Medicaid eligibility which provides health care and mental health services.
Researchers concluded that the National Health Care for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) and the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR) Technical Assistance Center have done excellent jobs of identifying the challenges of helping chronically homeless people qualify for SSI and of offering approaches and techniques to help medical and other practitioners overcome these challenges. NHCHC materials are directed toward practitioners in Health Care for the Homeless programs. SOAR is directed to anyone serving persons who are homeless or at risk of homelessness who may also have mental illnesses or other disorders that may co-occur with mental illness. Partnerships and joint trainings among the agencies that provide housing and support services to formerly chronically homeless people are one way to improve this population's access to health care of all types.
Report Title: Establishing Eligibility for SSI for Chronically Homeless People, http://aspe.hhs.gov/daltcp/reports/2012/ChrHomls3.shtml
Agency Sponsor: OASPE, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
Federal Contact: Emily Rosenoff, 202-690-6443
Performer: Abt Associates
Record ID: 10050 (February 24, 2012)