Lakeland Housing Authority and Polk Transit have joined together to help residents in public housing communities to keep or find jobs by providing transportation for employment.
Lakeland Housing Authority and Polk Transit have joined together to help residents in public housing communities to keep or find jobs by providing transportation for employment. The RETAP project will begin on September 3rd, with an official kick-off event on September 19th at 9 AM at 150 W. 14th Street, Renaissance Manor of Washington Ridge. Actual ribbon cutting to be held at the bus shelter on 14rh Street.
Benjamin Stevenson, Executive Director of the Lakeland Housing Authority (LHS) is working with his staff to choose 100 recipients who will be able to use the public transit systems for free because of a funding arrangement between LHS and Polk Transit. Criteria for the program is residents who are working but have transportation difficulties getting to their job or job seekers needing transportation to interviews, although access will not be limited. The select group will be provided picture ID badges which will allow them access to public transportation throughout the County.
Tom Phillips, Executive Director of Polk Transit said “We are so pleased to have an opportunity to participate in positive outcomes for employment in Polk County. It’s our hope that this pilot program will be the beginning for a wider reach giving more people the power to be self-sufficient.”
Universal Access Programs are in place at most colleges in Lakeland, Legoland, available to all public senior high school students in Polk County as well as smaller businesses and learning institutions.