Disability Income Services

SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR)

SSI/SSDI, Outreach, Advocacy, and Recovery (SOAR) is an evidence-based approach to assisting qualifying households experiencing homelessness and living with a disabling condition in obtaining SSI/SSDI benefits.

Our SOAR-certified Housing Counselors provide case management to navigate the SSI/SSDI application process for households experiencing homelessness.

  • Are you experiencing homelessness (sleeping outside, in a shelter, or other place not meant for human habitation) and living with a disabling condition?
  • Are you interested in applying for disability income?

You may begin the application process for all of non-emergency homeless services by meeting with a Services Navigator at either HRDC location, contacting us by phone, or completing HRDC’s Request Support Form. Services Navigators are available on a first come, first serve basis anytime our offices are open.

Due to the time commitment required for this process, SOAR-certified case managers currently only have the capacity to assist up to two households at a time. If caseloads are full, your information will be added to a waiting list and you may receive a referral to another agency.

If you are a community provider, we are hoping to expand our capacity and support other community partners in becoming SOAR certified. Please contact Jenna Huey at jhuey@thehrdc.org to learn more!


Bozeman Office
32 S Tracy Ave
Bozeman, MT 59715

Livingston Office
111 S Second St
Livingston, MT 59047

Contact Information

Housing First Coordinator
p: 406.585.4856
f: 406.585.3538

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Brooke Poole

Public Sector

Since 2015, Brooke has been working with Allergan Aesthetics, Body Contouring. In 2018, Brooke began her role as Senior Manager of Training. Brooke graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Commercial Photography from Appalachian State University in 2011.

Brooke began her role on our Board in 2019. However, she feels it’s more fitting to say that she gets to serve on our Board. For Brooke, an evening at our Fork & Spoon was her first glance into our organization’s powerful work. As Brooke states, joining the Board has only expanded her appreciation for the caliber of people leading our mission and the impact of our vast ecosystem of services. While metrics alone are impressive, Brooke likes to visualize each number as an individual example of support – an extension of a helping hand, a moment of relief – given to one of our neighbors. She is grateful for the opportunity to participate in shaping HRDC’s future.

Although Brooke spends most of her volunteer time with HRDC, she was fortunate enough to build with Habitat for Humanity over the course of the summer in 2020. Her favorite place to spend time is anywhere under the Big Sky, although Hyalite may be her favorite place on Earth.

Ron Brey

Public Sector

Ron served as Bozeman’s Assistant City Manager from 1990 to 2008. After retiring, Ron joined our Board in 2011. Ron received his Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Montana in 1977, and his Masters in Science in Rural, Town, and Regional Planning from the University of Montana in 1987.

During his time with the City of Bozeman, Ron saw the important role that HRDC has played in our community. Ron has seen that HRDC provides necessary social services to assure that all Bozeman residents could obtain housing, food, training, employment and the other necessities of life. He also came to understand that HRDC was always able to respond immediately as new community needs arose. Ron believes that the dedication, hard work, and compassion of HRDC’s staff make it a real honor to serve on the Board.

Ron also serves on the Trails, Open Space and Parks Committee for the City of Bozeman, and as a volunteer with the Red Cross. One of Ron’s favorite activities is walking his beloved dog every day, enjoying many of Bozeman’s trails and parks, like Burke Park, Bozeman Creek, and the Hyalite and Mount Ellis areas. Ron and his wife Claire enjoy spending their days with family, friends, and time outdoors.