ETHNN is proud to have a SOAR VISTA volunteer placement to serve Smith County and surrounding area.
Through ETHNN we will be able to assist those served by the following organizations and many more:
Keep Texas Housed (KTH) is a new campaign started by Texas Homeless Network in 2014. The campaign focuses on the Balance of State CoC areas to help increase capacity through project like the AmeriCorps VISTA program. The goal of KTH is to assist the BoS CoC communities with linking resources that will lead to an increase in available housing.
The goal of the VISTA SOAR project is to increase access to SSI/SSDI for eligible adults by coordinating and leading statewide technical assistance and strategic planning efforts, increasing the presence of SOAR statewide by assisting local communities in implementing SOAR activities, and formulating, developing, and implementing strategies to sustain capacity and infrastructure.
As the Texas State Lead, THN has been working with communities and leading strategic planning meetings to discuss SOAR implementation, followed by a community training on processing the SOAR applications. The VISTA members will be able to contribute to existing research and programs already established using SOAR, and work to implement the state and local action plans, coordinate meetings with community providers, and organize statewide partners.