Project SOAR is a dynamic partnership with the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles
(HACLA) and SoCal CAN to provide one-on-one college advising and support to students living in public housing. Students receive assistance in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or CA Dream Act, applying for scholarships, creating a college match list, submitting college applications, and
making a smooth transition into college. Project SOAR is accessible to all residents – there are no GPA minimums or attendance requirements. Our team strives to create a college-going culture in public housing sites by supporting students to and through college. Los Angeles was one of nine cities across the country selected to participate in the two-year pilot.
Three full-time Education Navigators work on five sites in East and South Los Angeles: Ramona Gardens, William Mead, Nickerson, Avalon and Gonzaque. A team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will be closely monitoring and evaluating Project SOAR’s impact on the students served. Our goal is to develop an effective model that can be replicated/adapted at other public housing sites.
THE IMPACT OF PROJECT SOAR
COLLEGE ACCESS Project SOAR students receive support with academic planning, college match and fit selection, college application support, financial literacy, financial aid completion, and scholarship assistance.
COLLEGE SUCCESS Once in college, students receive support in college matriculation, academic planning, financial aid application renewals, finding paid internships, and career advising tools.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT Project SOAR understands the importance of engaging the entire family
in the college-going process and supports by providing parents and caring adults with workshops
to demystify the college-going process, financial aid and funding options for
college, and parent-to-parent conversations about how to best support their scholars.