Jan 15, 2016
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Eligible Contra Costa County residents can receive financial assistance toward the purchase of a fuel-efficient vehicle as part of a new state-funded pilot program.

The Community Housing Development Corporation has been tasked with using a $900,000 state grant it recently received from the state Air Resources Board toward getting low-income residents behind the wheel of hybrid or all-electric vehicles. By making the cost of owning a car more affordable, residents living in disadvantaged zipcodes will have better access to jobs, housing, healthcare, education and childcare, officials say.

The program is part of the California Climate Investments Initiative and is funded through cap-and-trade proceeds.

“Richmond-based CHDC has a proven track record of increasing housing and economic opportunities for lower-income residents and is well suited to take on this important project,” Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, also an Air Resources Board member, said in a statement. “The pilot empowers CHDC to expand its existing financing-for-vehicles program, enabling more people to get into cars that help them save money at the gas pump and reduce air pollution in neighborhoods.”

For more information about the financial assistance provided and to see if you’re eligible, visit here. You can also call CHDC at (510) 412-9290.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.