New Freedom funds can be used for a voucher program where trips will be subsidized by third parties, making the trips and benefits of the program available to those with economic needs.
How the Voucher Program Works
Each voucher trip will be sponsored through either an outside non-profit or government agency or another sponsor organization- such as an employer or assisted living center. The sponsors will distribute program information and “vouchers” which will pre-pay 50% of the total fare. The funds provided by the sponsors will then be evenly matched with funds from this grant.
The New Freedom Fund Initiative (NFI), introduced in 2001, is a nationwide effort to remove barriers to community living for people of all ages with disabilities and long-term illnesses. Today, there are more than 54 million Americans living with a disability, representing a full 20 percent of the U.S. population.
Under the Federal Department of Transportation, The New Freedom (5317) formula grant program aims to provide additional tools to overcome existing barriers facing Americans with disabilities seeking integration into the work force and full participation in society. Lack of adequate transportation is a primary barrier for individuals with disabilities.
Please call 757-853-1255 x101 for more information or assistance.