Need a Car?
The Good News Mountaineer Garage receives funding from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources to provide vehicles to families who need transportation to get to work and job training so they can get off public assistance.
The program is operated statewide and has helped more than 2,500 families become self-supporting. A follow-up study found that one year after receiving a GNMG vehicles:
- 70% of the families went off public assistance
- 80% were working
- 13% were in job training
To receive a vehicle, a family must be referred by their DHHR case manager with approval by the regional supervisor. When GNMG receives the referral, a staff person will contact the family to explain the program and determine what kind of vehicle best meets their transportation needs. Before a family can be placed in a vehicle, they must provide proof of liability insurance and participate in GNMG's maintenance/ car care training.
Eligibility Requirements - To be eligible for a referral a family must:
- Be receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits
- Be actively participating in the West Virginia WORKS program
- Have a valid West Virginia driver's license
- Other transportation must not be available
Families receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, or medical benefits only will not qualify.
The WV Works Program is funded by the WV Department of Health and Human Services to provide vehicles to referred recipients who need a vehicle to get to a job or to job training.
The vehicles are provided statewide and the people who get them are determined by the case managers at the Department. Referred recipients must have children in the home under 18, be eligible for Temporary Aid to Needy Children, and involved in work or training activities.
Eligibility for medicaid or food stamps alone does not qualify someone for the program. The family must be getting a monthly assistance check or have received a monthly assistance check in the last six months. The vehicles are provided for $1. All of the recipients receive a car maintenance/care training before they get the car and must provide proof of liability insurance. The goal of the program is to move people who are on public assistance to work and economic self-sufficiency.