The Kings/Tulare Continuum of Care on Homelessness is a consortium of partners that includes homeless service providers, advocacy groups, government agencies and homeless individuals who are working together to address the housing and support service needs of the homeless in this region of the San Joaquin Valley.
The issues associated with the homeless can be complicated. Solutions to resolve these problems require considerable time, energy and financial resources. If you wish to contribute your time and talents to this effort and have a common vision of providing housing and support services to the homeless, we welcome your support.
The concept of a "Continuum of Care" seeks to address all aspects of homelessness including the needs of all of the homeless sub-populations, and uses a collaborative approach resulting in a set of goals that are shared by a broad range of participants in the community. A fully developed Continuum of Care system includes five fundamental components: outreach and assessment; emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent housing; and supportive services, including homeless prevention activities.
An effective Continuum of Care plan includes strategies to serve the specific needs of all the homeless subpopulations within the community and ensures that financial and other resources are used in a coordinated effort to provide the fill range of housing and service options needed to enable homeless persons to make the transition from the streets to stable work and environments and to achieve as high a level of self-sufficiency as possible.
The CoC is pleased to announce the implementation of Every Door Open: A Coordinated Entry & Assessment System Serving Kings/Tulare Counties. The plan is a direct result of Federal regulations in the HEARTH Act that requires each Continuum of Care to implement a coordinated or centralized intake and assessment process within their respective region.
The Kings/Tulare Continuum of Care on Homelessness is pleased to announce that there will be two SOAR Stepping Stones to Recovery trainings in March. Each of the two-day training sessions will be web based in a classroom style and facilitated by Tulare County Health and Human Services Agency.
What is SOAR?
SOAR stands for SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery. It is an outcome-oriented approach to expedite access to social security disability benefits for people who are homeless and who have serious mental illness and/or co-occurring substance use disorders.
The SSI/SSDI application and disability determination process can seem complex. Often, there is a disconnect between the experience of homelessness and the disability application process and only about 20 percent of those who apply are typically approved on initial application. Outcomes from 37 states provided evidence of the efficacy of the SOAR project. In 2010, 73 percent of the applications submitted using the SOAR approach were approved on initial application in 91 days on average.
How to Participate
Attend the SOAR 2-day Stepping Stones to Recovery Training to get a step-by-step explanation of the SSI/SSDI application and disability determination process as well as samples and explanations of SSA and DDS paperwork and necessary reports.