2021 Grants Challenge

Enabling LA Heroes Through Mobility

MoceanLab will make low-emissions hybrid carshare vehicles available to healthcare providers at a significant discount, currently set at or above 50% discount, with some at 100% discount. This service will allow these frontline workers access to safe, reliable mobility that enable them to get to and from their places of work safely and efficiently. With more access to healthcare providers, our community will more effectively be able to access healthcare and mental health services, while the hybrid vehicles will help improve overall air quality.


In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?

Central LA

San Fernando Valley

South LA


LAUSD (select only if you have a district-wide partnership or project)

What is the problem that you are seeking to address?

Access to equitable mental health care and healthcare resources is an issue that faces many low income and under funded areas covered by LAUSD. Our program would allow LAUSD Mobile Healthcare, LAUSD faculty, and low wage healthcare workers access to reliable environmentally friendly transportation to visit patients most in need. Mocean Carshare will provide 50-100% discounts of our daily rate to those working hard on the healthcare front lines.

Describe the project, program, or initiative that this grant will support to address the problem identified.

We have a three-prong pilot for our LA Heroes Program. • LA Heroes Long-Term/Weekly Rentals: Discounted carshare rentals, 5-7 days in duration for low wage healthcare workers. Workers would need to prequalify and reserve the car a week in advance. • LA Heroes Discount for Schools: Make 50% discount available to all PK-12 faculty & staff across LAUSD schools. • New LA Heroes Fleet Healthcare Partners: Provide three vehicles free of charge to LAUSD nurse, psychologist, and aide resources that cover multiple school locations and are required to move from site to site during the day. There would be an application from the participating schools on behalf of the resources they would want to support with these vehicles.

In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?

Pilot or new project, program, or initiative

Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?

Direct Impact: 14,280

Indirect Impact: 1,004,000

Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.

Providing transportation options for mobile staff at LAUSD and making carshare affordable and accessible to other LAUSD staff. Our program aims to successfully improve Los Angeles traffic congestion and the corresponding environmental impact of having many vehicles on the road. Studies have shown that carsharing can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent on average. Access to carshare programs give Angelenos options so that owning a second or third car is not necessary. As a result, fewer cars on the road and increased use of smaller and more efficient vehicles have a positive impact on our air quality.

What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?

Transportation Access: Our success will be measured by the amount of approved drivers and percentage of utilization.

Which of the LIVE metrics will you impact?​

Air quality

Healthcare access

Access to mental health services

Indicate any additional LA2050 goals your project will impact.

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