DSS PROVIDES TRANSPORTATION HELP FOR UNDEREMPLOYED

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The Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services (DSS) is currently taking applications for a program that assists low-income residents with the transportation costs of going to and from work and work-related activities. Grants from the Employment Supplemental Fund Program and the Transitional Transportation Fund awarded by the state of North Carolina Department of Transportation will fund this program, which provides mileage reimbursement and bus passes to individuals who meet the following eligibility criteria:

· Must be employed or enrolled in a job-training program
· Must provide pay stubs or verification of work-related training in the past 30 days
· Must bring photo identification
· Income must fall within 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline
· Must provide proof of a valid N.C. license and N.C. vehicle registration if applying for mileage reimbursement
· Must have valid vehicle insurance and be current with county taxes if applying for mileage reimbursement.

The application must be completed by a social worker, case worker or staff from referring agencies who partner with DSS to accept applications. This program is funded through June 30, 2010. Please note that funds may be exhausted prior to June 30, 2010.

Residents may apply in person at our two locations:
Kuralt Centre, 301 Billingsley Road
Valerie C. Woodard Center, 3205 Freedom Drive
Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – noon

Residents may also apply at the following public library branches:
February 2 – West Boulevard Library, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
February 3 – Plaza Midwood Library, 1–3 p.m.
February 9 – Belmont Center Library, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 11 – Sugar Creek Library, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
February 15 – Scaleybark Libarary, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
February 20 – Main Library, 1 p.m. – 6 p. m.
February 23 – Independence Regional, 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
February 27 – Freedom Regional, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

To learn more about the program and to find out whether or not you qualify, please contact the Department of Social Services at (704)336-3000.

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