SHIFT Program

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Securing Help In Family Transportation (SHIFT) is LCSA’s most unique program, and the only one of its kind in the Phoenix metropolitan area. For over 15 years, SHIFT has helped families remain self-reliant by providing them with an affordable vehicle. Low-income families often have difficulties purchasing a vehicle due to bad or lack of credit. Many families fall victim to predatory lending practices from local dealerships. Often families end up purchasing a vehicle that requires many costly repairs.

LCSA’s SHIFT Program offers reliable vehicles at a very low price to working poor families that have identified transportation as a major barrier to their long-term financial independence. A major component of the SHIFT program is the Maintenance Agreement. This agreement covers the cost of regular maintenance and most repairs for the first 24 months or 24,000 miles, whichever comes first.

Families engage in financial coaching and workforce development services through LCSA to set realistic goals for increasing their earned income, improving budgeting skills, reducing debt, improving credit, and engaging in mainstream banking. SHIFT is more than just a car ownership program, it is a financial empowerment tool that allows families to access higher paying jobs while avoiding predatory lenders.

LCSA is proud to be working with Social Venture Partners to build the capacity for the SHIFT Program over the next three years.  We are honored to have been selected for the Fast Pitch Innovator Award.  Click on the photo below to view the winning Fast Pitch presentation.

SHIFT partners with Mesa Community College to provide families basic car maintenance education so they can be more informed and responsible car owners.

Click here to view our Mesa Channel 11 video:  Mesa Channel 11 October 2016 video

___________________________________________________________________________________________________The SHIFT Program was recently featured in the May 2017 issue of Social Innovations Journal. Click on the image to link to the full article: 




S.H.I.F.T. Vehicle

SHIFT Vehicle


LCSA is currently accepting general applications for the SHIFT Program at this time for review beginning July 1, 2017.

To view the new application process and application please click below:

SHIFT Application process

SHIFT application 2017