Living in the New York City metropolitan area is expensive, and those most vulnerable are often forced to make difficult compromises to their health and well-being to simply subsist.
MetroCause converts your generosity into free public transportation for those with acute need, and we do it with 100% efficiency. Every dollar we receive directly contributes to buying a MetroCard for someone who needs it. Although one-way on the subway or a bus may seem like a small amount of money, free transportation makes a huge difference for those with little to spend, and often enables vital connections to remain uninterrupted for medical care, food sources, work, education, parole, court appearances, and more.
Gauging the economic stress of low income New Yorkers is complicated. New York’s high inherent cost of living frequently leads to underestimating the financial difficulties faced by large numbers of the metro area’s residents. Although some variations exist when considering qualifications for various assistance programs, the federal poverty level is based on applying a multiple (3x) to the cost to feed a household. But in New York, where taxes are high and living costs for such things as housing, health and child care are expensive, many New Yorkers struggle to make ends meet. One of those high costs – and it’s one that is often essential to sustain the household by getting to and from work, school, medical care, a food pantry, etc – is transportation.
Responding to unrelenting cost pressure, in March 2017 the board of the MTA approved its sixth price increase since 2009. The price of an unlimited 30-day pass increased $5 to $121, weekly passes increased similarly, and although the price of a one-way voyage remained at $2.75, the discount associated with buying more than one fare at a time was reduced. Ominously, the MTA expects to raise rates at least once every two years for the foreseeable future. $121 every month is a staggering amount for many New Yorkers; at a public hearing the MTA heard heart-breaking testimonials from people who are forced to walk or incur other hardships because demands on their income leave too little for transportation.
· Imagine the cost of Mom getting to and from work each day, and then getting to and from a food pantry with kids in to.w
· Imagine Dad commuting daily and stopping twice a week for an evening class.
· Imagine an elderly person living on a fixed income who needs to commute to receive regular medical attention.
· Imagine skipping breakfast to be able to get across the city to a job interview.
· Imagine commuting to another borough when changing shelters.
· Imagine someone returning from prison, reinventing his life and struggling to get to a parole hearing.
Now imagine the difference your gift to MetroCause can make in a real, immediate and practical way to help those in need.