Community Auto Low Income Car Ownership Program
What is Community Auto LICO?
The Lighthouse Foundation's LICO Program is designed to provide quality vehicles at a low cost to individuals/families who are able to maintain and insure the vehicle.
There is research to support the idea of a reliable vehicle can mean a boost to an individual’s earning potential within the first 12 months of ownership as much as $4500 more. This is directed towards the ability to work more hours, work a shift where a differential is paid, the ability to take on a different job / part-time work. Plus, owning a car allows the person to have more time to accomplish everyday tasks such as going to the laundry mat, grocery shopping, attending childrens’ after school activities. These activities have to be planned with a ride from a friend, family member, or public transportation otherwise.
How does it work?
People donate vehicles to The Lighthouse Foundation which we repair and sell at a discounted price to qualifying individuals. The price of the vehicle depends on the condition of the donated vehicle and the amount of repairs required, but is generally between $1,800 and $3,000. Every vehicle sold is inspected and repaired by a certified mechanic. If a donated vehicle is unable to be repaired or made safe for sale, that vehicle is sold at auction and the proceeds are invested back into the LICO program.
If you would like to donate your vehicle, please contact us using this form! Or call 724.538.5081
If you would like to apply for a vehicle, please review the following guidelines. If you meet all of the qualifications to apply, please fill out the application below.
To purchase a vehicle through the Community Auto LICO program, ALL of the following requirements must be met:
Applicants must qualify as low income under Federal Poverty Guidelines as below 250% of poverty level.
Applicants must be working at least 25 hours per week or have a written job offer.
Applicants must have a valid driver's license and be insurable in Pennsylvania.
Applicants must be willing to share their photos and story with the public.