There’s a new car leasing program coming to Chicago that’s aimed at giving low-income residents access to vehicles -- and a job at Uber.
The program was announced by Rev. Father Michael Pfleger and Uber leaders Thursday.
“Economic opportunity is the key to address many challenges that are facing our community,” Pfleger of Saint Sabina said in a statement. “This program will help Chicagoans who don’t have cars get access to one so they can earn money whenever they want.”
The program called Xchange requires a $250 security deposit and drivers can opt out for free after 30 days. Weekly rates will range from $80 to $150 and include basic maintenance and unlimited mileage.
Cars available in the program include new and used vehicles like the Toyota Corolla, Toyota Prius, Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze and others.
“Just because you don’t have a car shouldn’t mean you don’t have an opportunity,” Ebonee Green, who leads Uber's driver efforts on Chicago's South and West sides, said in a statement. “By lowering the barrier and cost of car ownership, Xchange will connect more people to jobs on the Uber platform.”
The move is part of Uber’s recent pledge to recruit 10,000 drivers on the city’s South and West sides.