Last Thanksgiving, Teddy Frederickson was living underneath a stairwell outside an abandoned house at 15th and Nun Streets.
Instead of thinking about a turkey meal, he was focused on trying to decide what to shoplift next to pay for his heroin habit.
“I was depressed. I thought life would never change and I would die like that,” Frederickson said. “I needed somebody to help me.”
This year Frederickson, settled in a home he rents on his own, is celebrating 90 days of sobriety and enjoying a real Thanksgiving meal thanks to the local SOAR program.
SOAR stands for SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery. SSI is Supplemental Security Income and SSDI is Social Security Disability Insurance. Both are administered by the federal Social Security Administration.
This program secures an income stream and health insurance for the chronically homeless. A homeless person must be disabled to be considered chronically homeless. Read the full story here: http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20131128/ARTICLES/130919880/1177?Title=Program-aims-to-help-chronically-homeless