'A Ticket Home' project for the homeless kicks off in Portland - KPTV - FOX 12

'A Ticket Home' project for the homeless kicks off in Portland

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The City of Portland is footing the bill for one-way bus tickets out of town to all interested homeless people as part of a new program.

The new program is called A Ticket Home and started on Thursday.

FOX 12 learned the very first person to take advantage of a free ticket is on their way to Seattle.

Program managers said about 40 people have already shown interest in snagging a tickets.

The Portland Housing Bureau said they've secured $30,000 to fund A Ticket Home and it's a small part of the $2.75 million plan to help fight homelessness in Portland.

The Bureau said it's not about kicking people out of the city, but about getting them to a safe place where they might be able to find a job. 

To qualify for a bus ticket, the person must be homeless and can prove they have a place to stay in the new city. A person must also be medically stable to travel.

Both 211 and Transition Projects are the agencies working to connect people with the tickets on behalf of the city.

Program managers said if someone has a car and a valid drivers license, they will consider paying for their gas money out of town.

Part of the program requires managers to check back in with each person they help in 3 months to make sure everything is going smoothly in the new city.

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