Chicago Community Jail Support is looking to buy a vehicle to make the operation sustainable during the winter months. Below we have established the need, use and parameters of this vehicle.
Purchase Budget: $5,000
Vehicle Type: 15-seat Van (no brand, model specified), or RV under 22’ in length, or similar vehicle
Purpose: The immediate need for the van is that during the winter months, setting up the tent in front of the jail will not be feasible due to snow banks, perma-frosted ground, excessive wind and sub-freezing air temperature. Because of this, we believe the best option for the group is to purchase a van which can store supplies on site and provide heat for people being released from the Jail. The group intends to buy the most cost-effective vehicle that is available, considering not only the up-front capital expenditure, but also the expected maintenance throughout the life of the vehicle.
The vehicle will need to be classified as a personal vehicle (under 22’, less than 16 passengers, less than 26,001 lbs) in order to satisfy city parking guidelines and commercial driving requirements. Which makes a 15 seat (or less) van the most reasonable option. If it is over these requirements, we will require commercial drivers licenses or
The van will:
- House supplies, such as drinks, food, clothing etc. when at the Jail, in lieu of or in addition to setting up the tent
- Provide warmth for a small number of people being released as they wait for their ride
- Provide a vehicle to store equipment and use during set up/tear down as needed
The van will not:
- Give people being released rides home, as it will be needed on-site at the jail.
- House more than two (2) volunteers and two (2) people released at once (subject to change depending on vehicle dimensions and necessary COVID precautions)
Finances: Locked $1,000 from a private contributor. Additional funding TBD.
Additional needs from the vehicle include:
- Overnight Parking
- Large Passenger (LB) license: Vehicle with curb weight of 4,501 lbs or more with a payload capacity of 2,499 lbs
- Permit to be acquired from local wards
- Overnight parking needs to be confirmed with local aldermen to mitigate future complications
- Need to determine name to put down
- Price gotten from Progressive. Open to more options
- Before purchase, check vehicle with mechanic to assess state
- Paint purple to be identifiable
- Should not create signs on the vehicle signifying group name or could be considered commercial, This would disqualify us from residential parking rates.
Vehicle (est.): $5,000.00
Parking Permit (per year): $144.33
Insurance (est. per year): $350.00
Fuel (est. per year): $300.00
Maintenance (oil changes, etc): $300.00
Improvements (paint, interior): TBD
**Credit to Eric O for writing this proposal and to all members of our Winter Prep working group for working hard to make this dream a reality!**