SOUTH BEND — A program designed to help alleviate transportation problems in the city and reduce turnover for employers was chosen as nine winners in the Bloomberg Mayors Challenge, winning $1 million to expand the program.
South Bend, along with eight other cities, will be announced Monday as winners of the Mayors Challenge as a result of successful results for pilot programs in “urban innovations” to address problems in the nation’s cities.
The program, initially funded with $100,000 from Bloomberg Philanthropies, involved pilots that paired local employees with money for ride-share services, to be used to alleviate transportation difficulties to and from work.
In the last year, the city partnered with Beacon Health System, Senior1Care, the University of Notre Dame, and South Bend Venues Parks & Arts.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg said Friday that the additional $1 million will allow the city to expand the program so that additional residents can be assisted.
“A big part of what we’re trying to address is uncertainty and vulnerability to disruption,” Buttigieg said. “We know from a lot of evidence, that the lower income you are, the more likely it is that a simple mishap, from a medical issue to car problems can seriously disrupt your life (and) cost you your job.”