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  Helping to bridge the transportation barrier between home and work
         
         
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Keeping The Wheels Turning

It is no secret that lack of reliable transportation can be a major barrier for low-income individuals to maintain employment.  Our rural area lacks mass transit that is efficient for work commuting.  Car-pooling is a great idea when possible. When that is impractical, a personal vehicle becomes a critical asset.  What happens when an unanticipated repair hinders a person from getting to work?  We receive assistance from the United Way of Northern New York and also self-fund a transportation program to help meet this need.

How does it work?  A consumer completes an application/assessment; which is reviewed by a Family Services Worker.  Together the consumer and worker determine other family needs, establish a budget, and identify at least one goal.  An estimate for the repair is obtained by the consumer from one or more of our local reputable vendors.  The repair is reviewed for cost-effectiveness and approved if acceptable.  The agency pays for a portion of the repair and the consumer is responsible for the rest.  The consumer portion has ranged from 7% - 57% depending on the situation and individual resources.  The consumer-leveraging serves as a great method to extend the limited resources.  The worker contacts the consumer 90 days after the repair/service to determine if the consumer is still employed.  This is one measurement used to help define the effectiveness of the program. After all, keeping people working is how people reach interdependence and/or eventual independence from social service programs.  

On rare occasion the agency will have a quality vehicle donated to this program.  The Family Services Worker would then screen potential consumers and these donated vehicles are then provided to consumers exhibiting the greatest need. Three such vehicles were donated this past year.

The program has been a great resource for the needs in our community and is limited only by lack of resources to meet the annual need. We will continue to place a priority on transportation so long as the need is present. If you are at risk of losing employment due to an unanticipated vehicle repair, please contact us at 315-376-8202 x 230.    


About our Transportation Services Program

Opportunities' Transportation Services Program can make a difference by providing a “jump start” for families residing in Lewis County, NY by helping to:
  • Provide repair work to a family’s existing vehicle;
     
  • Assist with tires;
     
  • Assist with insurance payments;
     
  • Assist with other alternative forms of transportation to get to and from work.

    Click here for a free Vehicle Maintenance Tips and Accident Reporting brochure

The road doesn’t end there. We can also help the family identify their strengths and goals, and work with the family to become financially empowered to meet their transportation needs in the future.

 
Community Impact At A Glance In 2016, 19 individuals secured reliable transportation through our transportation services program to either obtain or maintain employment.

 

 
 
What are the eligibility requirements?
 
  • You must be a resident of Lewis County, New York;
  • Your gross income for the household does not exceed the level specified by the funding source (our program is made possible by a mix of funding sources;
  • You must be employed on a regular basis, or have a verified job offer;
  • You must be willing to meet with a Program Worker to create a budget and if enrolled, identify strengths and goals to help you establish self-sufficiency with your transportation needs;
  • Other requirements may apply depending on the type of service you're applying for, which we'll be happy to explain during your appointment.
     
 
How do I obtain more information or set up an appointment?
 

Please download, print out, and complete our Transportation Services application.  Once completed, please mail it to or drop off the application to :

Transportation Services Program
Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.
8265 State Route 812
Lowville, NY 13367 

During non-business hours, you can use our drop box located at our program entrance (where the long ramp is).  Once we receive your application, we will review it and call you to set up an appointment.

Will I need to bring other items to the appointment?

At the time your appointment is scheduled, we'll let you know what other documents to bring.   Questions?  Call 315-376-8202, ext. 230 or email us at transportation@lcopps.org.

   
   
   

Our Transportation Services Program is made possible through funding from:
 

United Way of Northern New York

 
 

Are you working but having a hard time making ends meet?
Check your eligibility for a wide range of work supports at
myBenefits.ny.gov

 

 

 
 
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