Services that help people get a car include Vehicles for Change, Wheels4Hope and 800-Charity-Cars. These services focus on low-income individuals, families with young children and people with a history of domestic violence.
Vehicles for Change helps people who are struggling financially and having difficulty finding a job without a vehicle. It is only available to families in Virginia, Michigan, Maryland and Washington, D.C. Other eligibility requirements include having no other vehicles in the household, having a job of at least 30 hours a week, having a valid driver’s license and being able to get car insurance. The applicant must also have no criminal record. People under 25 are eligible only if they have children.
Wheels4Hope.org is a local community organization offering cars for low-income individuals and families in the Western, Triad and Triangle areas of North Carolina. The organization only accepts referrals of individuals belonging to a nearby partner agency for low-income people. Wheels4Hope.org sells low-cost to the public at prices as low as $1,500.
The 800-Charity-Cars organization is intended for the medically needy, victims of domestic violence, members of families who want to work after receiving public assistance, and victims of natural disasters. The service is also available for families living in shelters, the working poor, veterans and military families, and some non-profit organizations.