Learn more about how On the Road Lending is helping people build better lives.
Automotive lender expanding into Alabama
June 4, 2019
On the Road Lending has hired Lonnie Smith, former philanthropy manager at State Farm in Atlanta, as vice president of business development. Smith will lead the nonprofit’s expansion efforts in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
Fed Officials Meet With Local Leaders to Support Low-Income Communities
February 25, 2019
Federal Reserve officials met with nonprofit and civic leaders to kick off a series of public listening sessions as the central bank reviews how it conducts monetary policy. Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and Fed Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, during a tour and hourlong forum, heard from area residents who have worked with low-income communities to improve access to education, affordable housing and healthy food.
Fed Listens: A Conversation in Southern Dallas
February 25, 2019
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas hosted a Fed Listens community listening session on Monday, February 25, at St. Philip’s School and Community Center. Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Richard Clarida, Dallas Fed President Robert Kaplan and local community leaders (including On the Road Lending’s Shaylon Scott) discussed economic conditions in southern Dallas and how the Fed’s policy decisions connect with residents’ lives.
Second annual BBVA Momentum a wrap with On the Road Lending taking home $75K prize
November 13, 2018
Social entrepreneur Michelle Corson of Dallas, Texas took home the $75,000 first prize for On the Road Lending, a company which finances fuel-efficient and reliable cars, under warranty, for lower-skilled workers with weak credit at the wrap of BBVA Momentum.
North Texas Giving Day Booster: On The Road Lending
September 5, 2018
What we do at On the Road Lending is pretty simple: We’re helping North Texans get affordable loans for fuel-efficient and reliable vehicles. What we give to our clients, however, is anything but.
Lunch With D CEO: Michelle Corson
August 15, 2018
Unsurprisingly, Michelle Corson is a car person.
“I would have a different one for every day of the week if I could,” she says. “I want a one-bedroom house and a seven-car garage.”
Local program helps families get back on their feet and on-the-go
June 13, 2018
On The Road Lending (OTRL) helps families get from one destination to another by lightening the financial burden of purchasing a vehicle. After researching program structures, funding models and options currently available nationwide, OTRL was born in 2013.
'Walking Man' tops transit talk that plugs his adopted travel style — driving
February 24, 2018
It was three years ago this month that the Free Press told of James Robertson — dubbed “the Walking Man” for his 21 miles of intrepid daily walking, in all kinds of weather, to and from home in Detroit and a factory job in suburbia.
Path to a Better Life
December 5, 2017
When Shalva Moore first heard about the On the Road Lending program, she thought it was too good to be true. The widowed mother of three didn’t think she could find an affordable loan for a reliable used car with her credit rating.
Great Need for our Services
June 1, 2017
I often take my personal vehicle for granted because automobiles in my line of work are so common. I think nothing of it as I jump in my vehicle to run errands, attend meetings, and go see friends. I think nothing of it when, during an auto show, I visit with consumers about trim packages and performance capabilities of a particular model.
Getting Drivers on the Road
When West Dallas resident Kimbely Rankin learned that her eldest child, Brian, 13, was offered a scholarship spot at the Covenant School in North Dallas last year, she didn’t know what to do.
A 4-hour Commute
Improving North Texas Air Quality
April 2, 2015
May 7, 2015
James Baker was pedaling to work along a slick, snow-covered road in Frederick County, Md., when a traffic light changed abruptly. He braked and skidded to the ground, unhurt but making a mess of his clothes before a long day of work and school.
Auto Loan Sharks
Last October, Michelle Corson sent checks to investors in her private equity fund for a “whopping” 3 percent return on their money. Some got less than $100.
Helping Clients Offset Transportation Costs
When Tammy Carson Johnson was broke and unemployed several years ago, making it to job interviews often depended on whether she could scrounge together $5 for a daily Dallas Area Rapid Transit pass.
Rethinking Mobility to Relieve Poverty
Artis Frank settled in Tuesday on the DART Green Line rail car, ear buds dangling from underneath his knit cap, backpack nestled at his side. The 59-year-old South Dallas resident was on the third leg of his four-part trek home from work. His commute: bus, commuter rail, light rail, another bus.
Using Private Equity for Social Causes
February 27, 2015
While private equity usually deals with investments in companies and real estate, Michelle Corson is rethinking the concept to give it a socially driven focus.
Where There are Wheels, There’s a Way
A car isn’t just four wheels and a metal box to Yasmin Flores. It’s freedom, peace of mind and the means to a better job, a healthier diet and reliable child care for her toddler.
Why the Poor Need Better Access to Cars
April 1, 2014
In many circles – among advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, less congestion and public transit – it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic.
Michelle Corson’s Presentation to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
April 21, 2014
Listen to Michelle Corson on KRLD with David Johnson
February 14, 2014