Portland buys bus tickets for homeless to leave town
PORTLAND — Portland has launched a program that offers homeless people looking to leave the city a ticket out.
KGW-TV reports (http://bit.ly/23ZcS7H) that the "Homeward Bound" program began Thursday with Portland purchasing its first round of bus tickets for homeless people. At least 40 people have expressed interest in wanting to leave the city.
Officials have been taking names of those who want to sign up for the program since March.
The Portland-area nonprofit Transition Projects is in charge of interviewing candidates, confirming whether a homeless person will have a family or friend help them in their new destination and following up with the individual once they've arrived.
In addition to bus tickets, the nonprofit's Susan Salisbury says officials will pay for train and plane tickets and even offer gas money.
Information from: KGW-TV, http://www.kgw.com.