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SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (SOAR)

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, IHEs, Agencies, and Tribes
to Assist Individuals Applying for Social Security Benefits

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Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Division of Children and Family Services - Nebraska Homeless Assistance Program (NHAP)

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Deadline Date:

04/12/21 2:00 PM CST


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Grants of up to $40,000 to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, local governments, and tribes to provide assistance to individuals applying for social security and disability income. Agencies receiving funding will coordinate services in their region and provide educational opportunities to stakeholders.

Background and Purpose

The purpose of this funding is to assist individuals and individuals at risk of homelessness with applying for Social Security Income (SSI) and Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) by utilizing the SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access and Recovery (“SOAR”) model develop by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (“SAMHSA”).

Scope of Work

Agencies awarded this funding will be the SOAR lead agency within their region. In addition to providing one full time staff member to assist with SSI/SSDI applications using the SOAR methodology, agencies will be responsible for educating key stakeholders regarding the SOAR model, and for the following:

  1. Establish new relationships with at least three (3) new stakeholders (i.e. medical clinics, hospitals, community corrections, libraries, and local department of labor office).
  2. Maintain relationships with existing referral providers.
  3. Establish/maintain a regional SOAR Steering Committee which meetings at least quarterly, and is comprised of local stakeholders.
  4. Accept referrals from the Continuum of Care and the community.
  5. Communicate with referring agencies regarding the quality of the referral.
  6. Communicate with individuals referred to discuss if they qualify for Social Security or Social Security Disability Insurance and the strength of their medical evidence.
  7. Complete all paperwork required for the SSI/SSDI application.
  8. Coordinate with local health providers to obtain medical records.
  9. Meet with clients to complete the application either in-person or via video or teleconference.
  10. Submit an appeal for all SSI/SSDI applications that are denied by the Social Security Administration.
  11. Interview former employers, family members, caseworkers to collect evidence supporting the individual’s inability to maintain work at a Substantial Gainful Activity (SGA).
  12. Update SOAR applicants on the status of their application.
  13. Track completed applications and outcomes in Online Application Tracking.
  14. Grantee must meet national standards, as established by Policy Research Associates, Inc. (PRA), including the completion of a Medical Summary Report and a Quality Review Checklist.
  15. Complete SOAR Online Training provided through PRA Inc. This training is free of charge to the Grantee. 
  16. Register free of charge for the SAMHSA SOAR eNewsletter and Listserv.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 189591

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount to be awarded per Grantee per region is $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The initial Period of Performance for this RFA is from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022. This period may be extended by DHHS.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities:

Any Applicant for this RFA must be a “non-federal entity,” as defined 2 CFR § 200.69. A “non-federal entity” is limited to local governments, Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, or nonprofit organizations; further definitions in the UGG may apply. Any Application submitted by an Applicant who is ineligible shall be rejected without scoring.

Pre-proposal Conference:

DHHS will host a Pre-Applicant information session at the date and time listed above. Entities that are interested in applying for this RFA may participate via WebEx by having a representative attend.

At the Pre-Applicant Information Session, the POC or a designated DHHS representative will provide general information about the funding and answer questions from potential Applicants.

At the date and time listed below in the Schedule of Events, entities can join the WebEx meeting by clicking on the following link:

Join by meeting number
Meeting number (access code): 145 832 8482
Meeting password: Z2cAfVWB8F2

Tap to join from a mobile device (attendees only)
+1-415-655-0003,,1458328482## US Toll

Pre-Application Information:

Schedule of Events:

1. Release RFA: March 15, 2021
2. Pre-Applicant Information Session: March 22, 2021, 1:00 pm CST
3. Last day to submit written questions: March 26, 2021
4. State responds to written questions through RFA “Addendum” and/or “Amendment” to be posted to the Internet at: April 2, 2021
5. Application Review Period Begins (Application due date): April 12, 2021, 2:00 pm CST
6. Evaluation Period: April 12, 2021 to April 21, 2021
7. Post “Intent to Award” to Internet at: April 30, 2021
8. Period of Performance Start: July 1, 2021

Questions regarding information needed for an Application, as well as the meaning or interpretation of any RFA provision, must be submitted in writing to POC via email and clearly marked “RFA Number 3866 Questions.” The POC is not obligated to respond to questions that are received late, as set forth in the Schedule of Events.

Written answers will be posted at the DHHS Website per the Schedule of Events. Written answers will become part of this RFA.

Informational Session Recording:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Applicants must submit a complete Application, including all the parts required herein, in one of three ways:

1. Electronically via email to The subject of the email shall indicate “RFA # (with the appropriate number filled in): Response of [Name of Organization].”

2. Submission directly via United States Postal Service mail. The Application shall be sent to:

Keith Roland/Oyinda Oyetunde
DHHS Central Procurement Services
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509

3. Hand delivered responses or responses delivered by FedEx or UPS should be delivered to:

ATTN: Keith Roland/Oyinda Oyetunde
DHHS - 3rd Floor Reception Desk
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
(531) 500-1837

Questions must be sent via email to

Funding or Pin Number:

RFA # 3866

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USA: Nebraska

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