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Frank White

2016, Equal Justice Works Fellowships, Frank White

Frank White

Name of Host Organization: Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia
City, State: Hampton, Virginia
Issue area: Consumer Rights
Sponsors: Anonymous

The Project

Protect the working poor from auto fraud and predatory lending in car financing through contract negotiations, litigation, local partnerships, and financial literacy workshops.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
In Hampton Roads cars are about job access and better economic outcomes. Hampton Roads is the 37th largest metropolitan area in the United States, but it ranks 96th in job accessibility through public transit out of the 100 largest metro areas. In Hampton Roads only 2% of jobs are accessible via public transit in 30 minutes and 5% in 60 minutes. The lack of adequate public transit in the region makes a car a necessity. However, consumers do not always benefit as they strain to purchase cars.
The Right Person For This Project
Frank is the right person for the project because:
• He is committed to the economic empowerment of all people regardless of their status in life
• He knows the plight of the working poor in Hampton Roads because he was born and raised in the region, and saw families struggling to access increased opportunities without adequate access to mobility.