Shifting Into Gear

A Comprehensive Guide to Creating a Car Ownership Program

Posted January 1, 2003
By the National Economic Development and Law Center, The Annie E. Casey Foundation
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There are many public and private transportation options for workers in poverty, yet quite a few people are still left without a ride. Having a car may be the only option for staving off unemployment.  This guide is for organizations interested in launching or refining a car ownership program.  The guide addresses key components of program planning, design and delivery. Rather than proposing one model, the guide offers various options in each program component along with a discussion of the associated benefits and challenges.

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Key Takeaway

Public agencies understand the importance of car ownership to low-income workers

Social services agencies that administer Temporary Assistance for Needy Families were the first to fund car ownership programs and continue to be a primary source of client referrals. They are often key program partners that provide case management services and other support services to clients in car ownership programs.