Homeless Outreach Project and Evaluation (HOPE) Overview:

Congress provided $8 million each in FY 2003, 2004 and 2005, directing SSA to use the appropriations to provide outreach to “homeless and under-served populations.” SSA used this earmarked funding to establish the Homeless Outreach Projects and Evaluation (HOPE) program in support of the President’s initiative to end chronic homeless within 10 years. The HOPE initiative was focused on assisting eligible, chronically homeless individuals in applying for SSI and SSDI benefits.

Grantees were required to provide outreach, supportive services, and benefit application assistance to chronically homeless adults and children. Individual HOPE projects also included presumptive disability screening, pre-release procedures for institutionalized individuals with disabilities, the provision of representative payee services, the development of employment interventions, and the use of electronic applications to file for benefits.

The Goal

The primary goal of the Homeless Outreach Project and Evaluation was to support the President’s initiative to end chronic homelessness within 10 years by:

  • Demonstrating the value of assistance that skilled medical and social service providers give to homeless individuals who file for Social Security benefits through their efforts to identify, engage and support them with access and application assistance.
  • Assisting eligible chronic homeless individuals in applying for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security disability benefits.

Current Status

SSA awarded $6.6 million in cooperative agreement funding to 34 public and private organizations in April 2004 and conducted an Orientation Conference for the organizations in August 2004. SSA awarded an additional $1.2 million in cooperative agreement funding to 7 organizations in November 2004.




Organization City State
Dorothy Kret & Associates Tucson AZ
North County Interfaith Council Escondido CA
Special Service for Groups, Inc. Los Angeles CA
Volunteers of America of Los Angeles Los Angeles CA
Transitional Living and Community Support Sacramento CA
City and County of San Francisco San Francisco CA
Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Santa Cruz CA
Ocean Park Community Center Santa Monica CA
Tarzana Treatment Center Tarzana CA
Colorado Coalition for the Homeless Denver CO
Shelter for the Homeless Stamford CT
Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Institute-DC Washington DC
Volunteers of America of Florida Tampa FL
Mental Health Kokua Honolulu HI
Haven House Services, Inc. Clark County IN
Kansas Legal Services, Inc. Topeka KS
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans LA
Unity for the Homeless New Orleans LA
SPAN, Inc. Boston MA
Florence & Mary E. Duffy Health Center Hyannis MA
Advocates, Inc. Newton MA
Middlesex North Resource Center Lowell MA
Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency Wyandotte MI
Beltrami Area Service Collaborative Bemidji MN
Salvation Army Northern Division Roseville MN
Urban Ministries of Durham, Inc. Durham NC
Clark County Department of Social Service Las Vegas NV
The Fortune Society New York NY
Park Ridge Hospital/Unity Health System Rochester NY
Phase: Piggy Back Inc. New York NY
Health Industry Resources Enterprises, Inc. New York NY
Partnership Homeless Service Corp. New York NY
FreeStore/Food Bank Inc. Cincinnati OH
White Bird Clinic Eugene OR
Clackamas County Social Services Oak Grove OR
Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Beaumont TX
Sabine Valley Center Longview TX
American GI Forum National Outreach Program San Antonio TX
Salvation Army – Seattle Seattle WA Seattle WA
Health Care for the Homeless of Milwaukee Milwaukee WI
Legal Action of Wisconsin Milwaukee WI

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