North Hills Community Outreach Program Notches Record Sales
North Hills Community Outreach’s Community Auto program put 14 low-income families on the road to success in January and February.
This is the most vehicles sold in two months since the program’s inception in 2003 and Community Auto hopes to put 35 more families and individuals into “new to them” vehicles by October.
Community Auto is a unique program in Allegheny County. The program makes vehicle ownership affordable to families experiencing economic hardship, so they have a reliable means of transportation for getting to work and to meet other family transportation needs.
Through the program, low-income workers can purchase a vehicle for a price below fair market value and receive their vehicles with a new Pennsylvania inspection sticker, a one-year AAA membership, a full tank of gas and a six-month, comprehensive warranty. If needed, families also receive a free, new car seat for each child due to a Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield grant.
Community Auto accepts all vehicles and offers free vehicle pickup. Donors can receive the maximum possible tax deduction when a vehicle goes to a family in need.
In the 2010-11 fiscal year, 44 low-income workers purchased a vehicle through the program and a total of 141 vehicles were donated.
For more information, visit www.communityauto.org.