State(s) / Location(s) Involved
Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin
Start / Enrollment Date
Congress provided $8 million annually in FY 2003, 2004 and 2005 directing SSA to conduct outreach to "homeless and other under-served populations." SSA used this earmarked funding to establish the Homeless Outreach Projects and Evaluation (HOPE) in support of the President's Initiative to end chronic homelessness within 10 years. The HOPE initiative is focused on assisting eligible, homeless individuals in applying for SSI and SSDI benefits. The HOPE projects will help SSA to demonstrate the effectiveness of using skilled medical and social service providers to identify and engage homeless individuals with disabilities as well as assist them with the application process.
SSA awarded $6.6 million in cooperative agreement funding to 34 public and private organizations in April 2004. Twenty of the original 34 projects ended April 2008. SSA awarded an additional $1.2 million in cooperative agreement funding to 7 organizations in November 2004. The 7 additional projects ended October 2008. A total of 6 projects will continue operating under no-cost extensions until April 2009. Westat, the HOPE evaluation contractor issued their Final Evaluation Report October 2007.