REQUIREMENTS FOR ASSISTANCE AND INSTRUCTIONS TO FOLLOW:
First read ALL the "General Requirements for Help" on the Who Can We Help page. You MUST meet these requirements.
If you do, then read the specific requirements below to make sure you qualify for this program.
1. It is great that you are working. To qualify for this program:
A. You Must be working at least 35 or more hours per week. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
YOU ALSO MUST HAVE BEEN working at least the prior FOUR weeks at your CURRENT job with pay stubs for that time FRAME. All pay stubs must show At Least 35 hours per week for actual working hours and not for vacation time, HoliDAY TIME OFF or sick time etc
B. WE PROVIDE $3000.00 TO GO TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF A CAR FROM THE VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA USED CAR LOT IN PONTIAC.
PLEASE NOTE: TO APPLY TO THIS PROGRAM YOU MUST HAVE $1,000.00 IN SAVINGS THAT WILL BE APPLIED, WITH OUR $3000.00, TOWARDS THE PURCHASE OF A $4000.00 CAR. SO WE PAY 75% AND YOU PAY 25%.
C. YOU MUST, BEFORE YOU APPLY, ALSO HAVE ENOUGH MONEY TO PURCHASE CAR INSURANCE TO DRIVE THE CAR OFF THE LOT AT VOA ONCE YOU HAVE SELECTED THE CAR AND IT IS ALL PAID FOR.
2. The job must be permanent and not seasonal or temporary. If the job is through a staffing agency that may turn into a permanent position then that's wonderful and we hope to help when the time comes you become a permanent employee.
3. If you are self-employed or an independent contractor, we will need to see current pay checks as well as your last two years of income tax returns and that you are paying quarterly estimated taxes.
4. The pay stubs must contain your name, the total hours, dates the pay stub covers, the pay rate, YTD totals, paycheck deductions (Social Security, Medicare, State Income Tax, Federal Income Tax) etc. We cannot except anything else.
5. Your utility bills and your rent/mortgage must be up to date in payment. We will ask for documentation confirming these two things.
6. If you are six or more months pregnant, then please apply when you return to work after your child’s birth.
7. If you are going through (or about to begin) any bankruptcy proceedings then please wait until that is completed. Also, if you are financing a car that you can no longer afford (and which may have been repossessed) or it needs repairs which are too expensive for you to pay (or more than the value of the car) and the car can’t driven, then we need to see that you have resolved that loan as you remain responsible to pay on it until the car loan is paid off.
8. You must be able to show that you presently have enough net monthly income, from employment wages, to afford a used vehicle. If you are earning in the range of minimum wage then we may not be able to assist as this pay rate will not allow you to afford the expenses associated with a used vehicle.
Car expenses would include:
B. $50-$100.00 to go toward your savings each month for future car repairs or maintenance.
C. Car insurance -Basic no fault coverage usually ranges anywhere from $180.00 - $275.00 per month depending on your driving record, age, whether you had insurance recently, your Zip Code etc. If you have any questions regarding how much insurance will cost you, then get a cost estimate on a 2006 Pontiac and VIN 2G2WP552261252704. This will provide you a good idea of the insurance cost for the type of car we purchase for our clients.
D. You must be independent and living on your own and FULLY paying all routine living expenses/bills including all of the rent and all of the utilities etc. You can't be in a living situation where you are living with family and paying no rent or low rent or renting a room in a house/building etc. Your name must be on the lease (or mortgage) for full monthly payment and utilities in your name etc. You cannot be renting a room within a house.
Similarly, it is often difficult for us to help with a car purchase if you are receiving any assistance with your rent (such as a Section 8 voucher etc.) as this amount will change in the future depending on your income. But don't let that stop you from applying as each situation is unique.
9. Lastly, you cannot be living a close distance to work where your commute is within walking distance or a short bus ride nor can there be in your household another working vehicle that is available to you.
10. If you meet the above requirements for assistance and also those on the Who Can We Help? page, then please fill out your information by clicking here: Initial Application.
We look forward to reading your Application and doing all we can to assist you.
11. We only purchase our cars through the Volunteers of America (VOA) used vehicle lot (located at 618 East Walton Blvd. in Pontiac). There is no loan involved as it is a complete purchase of a used vehicle. That amount covers fees, plate etc. You must be able to afford car insurance, which will be required to drive the vehicle off of the lot at VOA. Please DO NOT apply at the present time if you will be unable to afford car insurance. Lastly, please do not apply if the car would be used as part of your employment as the vehicles we provide are to remove the barrier of getting to and from work and are not provided to be used as part of employment as that additional daily mileage and increased wear and tear would more quickly deplete the life of the vehicle.