The National Hope Association, in partnership with the City of Columbia and the COMO Supplier Diversity Program, is piloting a donated car program targeted at the City’s three Strategic Plan Neighborhoods.
The focus of the program, called Cars 4 Columbia, is to provide reliable transportation to low-income individuals and families who cannot afford transportation but are in need of support to seek and retain employment, improve their ability to maintain self-sufficiency and to perform daily tasks where transportation is needed such as getting children to daycare, attending school events, doctor appointments and getting involved in community activities.
The targeted populations for the donated Cars 4 Columbia are:
- Low-income individuals and families
- Single-parent families
- Non-violent ex-offenders
- Survivors of domestic violence
- People transitioning from welfare to work
- People transitioning from homelessness
- Transportation-challenged students
Recipients have to meet eligibility requirements and will be given training on basic auto maintenance, safe driving, correct use of seat belts and child safety restraints and future support for vehicle repairs.