Portland homeless get ticket out of town

NC_homelessbusprogram14637046303422391319ver10_1500x845Portland, Ore. (KGW) — The city of Portland on Thursday bought its first bus tickets for homeless people who want to leave town.

“Homeward Bound,” the city-funded program designed to bus the city’s homeless out of town, officially began Thursday.

At least 40 homeless people want to leave Portland, and it’s only day one.

Officials in charge have been fielding calls and taking sign-ups since March.

One of those people, 18-year-old Dillon Hendershot, was ready to go at 5 p.m. Thursday. He said, “I can’t be homeless the rest of my life,” he said. “It breaks you down.”

Hendershot held his $82 bus ticket to Spokane with an iron grip.

Friends ditched the New Mexico native in Portland last week, mid-road trip.

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