Congratulations, Buncombe County! On January 4, 2013, Buncombe County and its SOAR work group were awarded the SOAR Community Certification Gold Level. Buncombe County is only the second county, after Durham, to achieve the Gold Level.
Gold Level Certification reflects Buncombe County’s commitment to educate consumers and health care providers about Social Security Benefits, link eligible consumers to SSI/SSDI income and health care benefits, and develop successful partnerships with key community stakeholders to support SOAR applications.
The success of the SOAR program depends not only on the dedicated SOAR caseworkers who help individuals to complete applications, but also on the communities and institutions that support SOAR caseworkers in their work. Community support and investment is critical to maintaining a sustainable, successful SOAR program.
SOAR Community Certification provides specific and concrete stepping stones to success for communities interested in building a lasting SOAR program. NC SOAR Certified Communities are able to benchmark themselves against other cities and counties in our state, receive feedback and specialized technical assistance from NCCEH on current strategies. To find out more details about SOAR Community Certification, please visit our website.