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FRED, in partnership with local Departments of Social Services, will use these funds for its Transit Supporting Working Families program. This program will provide transit passes to eligible individuals and families to assist them in their need to gain or maintain employment and to receive educational and training resources in order to successfully gain employment.
The purpose of the project is to advance the goals of the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) program through transit service. Participants can also be eligible based on income (those who earn up to 200% of the poverty level who have a dependent child and receive SNAP or Medicaid), receive SNAP benefits, or receive Medicaid. FRED will offer transit passes that assist participants/transit riders in their trip-making options, reducing the impact on limited financial resources, mitigating at least one barrier to employment, and providing reliable transportation. This program will provide TANF participants with the ability to have no-cost, reliable transit service, which FRED Transit offers. Participants will be provided transit support in order to enter the workforce, retain their position and have access to education to allow for career advancement.