United Way of Greater Houston leverages local matching funds to access federal dollars for nontraditional Houston area public transportation services.

According to the 2012 United Way Community Assessment:

  • About 30 percent of senior caregivers provide transportation services for the senior.
  • About 20 percent of service providers and nonprofit advocates surveyed said transportation was an unmet need.
  • Better access to jobs, education and medical services could be improved with better transportation options.

United Way of Greater Houston has provided partial funding for various transportation initiatives for almost a decade. The funding is in the form of small grants to service providers and nonprofit organizations.

Unmet transportation needs for lower-income families and individuals, youth, job seekers and returning veterans still persist in the Greater Houston region.

Call the 211 Texas/United Way HELPLINE for regional transportation information or visit www.ridethegulfcoast.com.