Advocacy partnership aims to help homeless

Another Life Foundation, Springs Rescue Mission to offer SSI, disability assistance to at-risk residents

 

A Colorado Springs nonprofit with roots in Southeast wants to help some of the city’s most in-need residents start to soar.

Another Life Foundation, a social services organization committed to connecting those living with mental illness or suicidal behaviors to resources, will partner with the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission next month. The purpose is to help residents who are homeless or on the cusp of homelessness wend their way through the process of applying for Social Security and disability benefits.

Dubbed SOAR (Social Security Appointed Representatives), the partnership provides trained representatives who can assist would-be beneficiaries with the often-challenging application process.

“If approved, these benefits could help improve someone’s life,” Another Life Founder and Executive Director Stephanie Green said in a statement. Green is a longtime resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

The US Social Security Administration received 2.8 million applications for new benefits in 2010, the most recent year for which number are available. Of those, only 843,735 –just shy of 35 percent — were accepted and awarded a benefit.  About 700,760 (25 percent) were rejected for medical or other reasons, and 413,530 (15 percent) were “Pending final decision,” according to administration numbers.

The SOAR program targets the homeless, those who are at risk of becoming homeless, those with mental illness or co-current conditions and those who have been incarcerated. Representatives advocate for applicants by acting on their behalf during the application process; communicating directly with the Social Security Administration and Department of Disability Services; building a narrative for applicants in need; and appealing denied applications.

SOAR representatives will be on hand at the Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 12 and 26. For more information, contact the Another Life Foundation at  216-7238 or anotherlifefoundation@hotmail.com.

A Colorado Springs nonprofit with roots in Southeast wants to help some of the city’s most in-need residents start to soar.

Another Life Foundation, a social services organization committed to connecting those living with mental illness or suicidal behaviors to resources, will partner with the Colorado Springs Rescue Mission next month. The purpose is to help residents who are homeless or on the cusp of homelessness wend their way through the process of applying for Social Security and disability benefits.

Dubbed SOAR (Social Security Appointed Representatives), the partnership provides trained representatives who can assist would-be beneficiaries with the often-challenging application process.

“If approved, these benefits could help improve someone’s life,” Another Life Founder and Executive Director Stephanie Green said in a statement. Green is a longtime resident of Southeast Colorado Springs.

The US Social Security Administration received 2.8 million applications for new benefits in 2010, the most recent year for which number are available. Of those, only 843,735 – just shy of 35 percent — were accepted and awarded a benefit.  About 700,760 (25 percent) were rejected for medical or other reasons, and 413,530 (15 percent) were “Pending final decision,” according to administration numbers.

The SOAR program targets the homeless, those who are at risk of becoming homeless, those with mental illness or co-current conditions and those who have been incarcerated. Representatives advocate for applicants by acting on their behalf during the application process; communicating directly with the Social Security Administration and Department of Disability Services; building a narrative for applicants in need; and appealing denied applications.

SOAR representatives will be on hand at the Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St., from 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 12 and 26. For more information, contact the Another Life Foundation at  216-7238 or anotherlifefoundation@hotmail.com.

 

THE DETAILS

Who: Another Life Foundation and Springs Rescue Mission

What: SOAR (Social Security Appointed Representatives) advocates will help would-be Social Security and disability beneficiaries navigate the application process.

When: 9:30 to 11 a.m. March 12 and 26

Where: Springs Rescue Mission, 5 W. Las Vegas St.

Info: 216-7238 or anotherlifefoundation@hotmail.com

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