HAP is pleased to report the official launch of its SOAR Re-Entry Project with funding from the Samuel S. Fels Fund and the Barra Foundation.
Approximately 20% of incarcerated men and women diagnosed with serious mental illness were homeless in the months leading to their incarceration. Unless they can access a stable source of income, these same offenders are likely to resume homelessness when they are discharged from prison.
Former offenders experiencing homelessness are substantially more likely to return to prison than those who obtain stable housing.
HAP’s SOAR Re-Entry Project is designed to provide stable income to the target population. HAP will represent prisoners with severe mental illness who are approaching their re-entry dates and work to secure federal Supplemental Security Income ("SSI") disability benefits and associated medical assistance coverage for those individuals to begin immediately upon their discharge from prison.