City sends homeless back home

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The city has spent about $80,000 on bus tickets so far, but managers said it was a good investment. Many of those sent back home were using services like shelters and medical care that cost the city more. SAN FRANCISCO – Hundreds of homeless from the streets of San Francisco are now home, thanks to a city-supported program that gives them a one-way ticket out of town. Mayor Gavin Newsom was inspired to start Homeward Bound 10 months ago when he heard the story of a woman who was rescued from the streets by her sister and taken home to Florida. Since then, the program has sent 814 men and women to every state in the country except North and South Dakota and Vermont, officials said. About 25 have returned to California, but most have found family and friends and don’t come back, program officials said. “We get people all the time who call and cry and say, ‘Thank you for sending our brother or dad or daughter home,”‘ said Ben Amyes, a counselor with the program. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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