Project SOAR Closeout Site Visit Summary
The ROSS for Education (ROSS-ED) Project SOAR (Students + Opportunities + Achievements = Results) provided funding through grants to nine Public Housing Agencies to hire educational navigators to work with young residents between the ages of 15 and 20 and their families. The Navigators provided extensive guidance to students in their assigned public housing areas to prepare them to apply to post-secondary educational institutions--either college or trade schools--with the specific goal of ensuring each student completed and submitted the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The intent was to increase the application rate and thus increase the chances students continue their education beyond high school. An experimental randomized design was used to create control groups of youths residing in projects that would not be served by the navigators. PHAs started their work in 2017 and the program ended in September 2019. This report, which is based on interviews with program staff, grantees, and PHA supervisors, provides contextual information to support a quantitative assessment of the program’s impact.