Impact

Making a Difference
Good News Garage has had measurable impact in providing vehicles to low-income individuals and families in need of transportation.

Good News Garage works with our state agency partners to measure and report the impact on our clients. See below for how we are making a difference in each state.

Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance has reported that 80% of clients provided vehicles by Good News Garage have accessed employment and training opportunities.

New Hampshire
The New Hampshire Division of Health and Human Services reported that in FY2008, 89.92% of clients seeking employment were successful in accessing a job as a result of their access to Good New Garage vehicles.

Vermont
Based on a 2006 Impact Study conducted by the University of Vermont and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the following statistics were discovered:
  • A total of 61% surveyed reported a decrease in their reliance on public assistance (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF) due to the vehicle
  • The majority of the people who had decreased their reliance had done so completely, that is, 49% of the population reported zero reliance on TANF due to the vehicle
  • 37% of the population reported a decrease in their need for food stamps due to the car
  • 60% of the population attributed obtaining employment to the car
  • 83% of the population attributed the ability to keep a job to the car
  • 58% of the population reported an increase in some sort of community participation due to the vehicle
  • 48% of the population attributed an increase in their level of education to the car
  • 60% of the population attributed an increase in training to the car
  • 90% of the population reported an improvement in hope for the future for themselves and their family members within Vermont due to the car
  • 87% attributed an increase in self-confidence due to the car