Join us live on Zoom for Vehicles for Change’s Transportation Symposium! The symposium will focus on the issue of transportation and how the lack thereof impacts generational poverty.
Explore how transportation impacts poverty:
• It’s impact on families living in poverty
• Best practices across the country
• Possible solutions
Vehicles for Change will bring key speakers and panelists, including researchers from top universities, government officials, nation-wide employers, and nationally recognized guests with first-hand knowledge of life’s social repercussions without reliable, personal transportation. Together, we’ll transform the lives of families through transportation.
Congresswoman for Florida’s 34th District
Congresswoman Frederica S. Wilson proudly represents Florida’s 24th Congressional District. It is one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse districts in the nation and includes parts of northwest Miami-Dade and southern Broward counties. The Florida lawmaker has continued her mission to improve the quality of life for her constituency by creating jobs with dignity, improving education, stopping home foreclosures, safeguarding Medicare and Social Security, and strengthening ties with Haiti and the Caribbean.
Attorney General of New Mexico
Hector Balderas is serving his second term as New Mexico’s Attorney General and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. As the chief law enforcement officer and chief civil officer for the State of New Mexico, Hector has transformed the The Attorney General’s office to focus on keeping our children and families safe, empowering New Mexican families and small businesses for financial success, and protecting New Mexico’s pristine environment.
Cory V. McCray
Senator for Maryland's 45th District
Cory McCray was elected to represent the 45th Legislative District in the Maryland State Senate in 2018. Since that time, he has been named a “legislator to watch” by The Daily Record and Maryland Matters. Cory’s approach to public service is listening to his constituents’ problems and figuring out how to solve them. When his constituents asked for better jobs, Cory passed the ACTION and POWER Apprenticeship Acts, which expands funding for apprenticeships that lead to family-supporting careers. When he was asked for a larger investment in public schools, Cory passed legislation that scores school construction funding so that lawmakers can’t cut Baltimore out of the resources it deserves.
Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Kelly M. Schulz brings a wealth of knowledge to the Maryland Department of Commerce from her years of experience working in the government, the private sector, and as a small business owner. She had previously served as the Secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor since her confirmation in February 2015 and is also a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates. At Labor, she was responsible for managing an agency with nearly 2,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $375 million.
Director of the Lewis Center & Professor of Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
Evelyn Blumenberg is a Professor of Urban Planning and Director of the Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies in the Luskin School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her recent projects include research on housing affordability and travel, transit ridership trends, and racial disparities in automobile finance and debt.
Vice President of Brand, Communications and Community Engagement, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States (Interim)
Celeste James leads Kaiser Permanente’s corporate communications and brand marketing functions and community health and social impact investments. With more than 20 years of experience in public relations and community health, she supports Kaiser Permanente to improve health and deliver award-winning health care, online or in-person in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Families living without reliable transportation struggle to find career advancement and access local resources.
Solution: Vehicle Ownership
Without access to a private vehicle, accessing the resources needed to break the cycle of generational poverty are limited. According to a 2012 study by the Metropolitan Policy Program, the metropolitan workforce can only access 27% of available job opportunities by transit, on average. Some areas, such as Palm Beach, have job accessibility rates as low as 6%. Through vehicle ownership, hardworking families can move past the limitations of public transportation.
Families without personal transportation and returning citizens face employment barriers, perpetuating inequity in our communities.
In many cities, white and high-income individuals have increased access to public transportation and vehicle ownership. With these advantages comes greater job access. About 7.5 million households in America's 100 largest cities are living without personal transportation. The vast majority of those households, 60% of whom are nonwhite, rely on public transportation. With access to a private vehicle, these families can access high-quality neighborhoods and the increased career opportunities available there.
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