Local Core Services Agencies provide assistance to eligible homeless people

 Snow Hill, Md. – Financial assistance is now available for eligible people to get birth certificates or state identification cards through a program called the Homeless ID Project.

The Core Service Agencies of Worcester, Somerset and Wicomico Counties provide assistance to people who are at risk of being homeless, and who have a mental illness and/or substance abuse disorder.

Another program called SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery (SOAR) speeds up disability social security claims. The program is designed to have a decision for disability claims within 90 days.

Information about SOAR and the Homeless ID Project is available at Worcester County Core Service Agency by calling 410-632-3366 or by calling the Somerset-Wicomico Core Service Agency at 410-543-6981.

These projects are essential to help people in the tri-county area on their road to recovery and treatment. Identification cards are needed to access a number of services, entitlements and medical insurance.

About a quarter of the homeless population in the United States suffers from some form of severe mental illness, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Mental illness can disrupt a person’s ability to handle daily tasks. Treatment services are available through the mental health programs of the local health departments. Call your health department to find out more.


 

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