Shifting Into Gear

A Comprehensive Guide to Creating a Car Ownership Program

By the National Economic Development and Law Center, The Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2003

Summary

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.

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