How do car donation programs effect travel, income, and healthcare access among poor families?

What happens when you give poor families a car? For decades, scholars have suggested that giving poor families cars can help them move up the economic ladder, yet these programs have rarely been studied. This research will study changes in poor families’ lives when they receive a car from the largest vehicle donation program in the country. First, the research team will analyze existing survey data to assess the changes in employment, income, and travel. Second, the team will interview the recipients of cars to learn how car ownership improves healthcare access, enables a richer social and civic life, and expands education opportunities.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $45543
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:


    Washington DC,   United States 
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health

    Cornell University
    Ithaca, NY  United States  14853
  • Principal Investigators:

    Klein, Nicholas

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200331
  • Actual Completion Date: 20200331
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01681411
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Transportation, Environment, and Community Health
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747119
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Sep 20 2018 10:26AM