Homeless given one-way tickets out of San Diego

SAN DIEGO — You may soon notice less people living in the streets of San Diego thanks to a relatively new initiative.

The “Work Your Way Home Program,” has helped 117 people find their way back home.

Screen Shot 2013-09-04 at 9.09.19 PM“I’ve sent people as far as Delaware,” said Kelly Knight, homeless outreach coordinator for the program.

Under the Work Your Way Home program, a person living in the streets or a shelter signs a waiver agreeing to accept a one-way ticket home, where a family member or friend agrees to take them in.

“I’ve connected people that have been out of touch with their families for 15 years,” said Knight.

The program, which is privately funded by businesses from the Downtown San Diego Partnership, has ran for about a year and members hope to continue the work.

“We know it works, we’re going to continue,” said Kris Michell, president and CEO for the Downtown San Diego Partnership.

Some have criticized the program, claiming it’s similar to those in other cities where the homeless population has been shipped out as unwanted merchandise.

“We’re not shipping people out, we’re reuniting them with their families, so we know there’s someone on the other end to receive them, they pick them up from the bus station, they’re dressed well, they go home with dignity,” said Michell.

The group says that out of the 117 homeless people they’ve helped over the course of a year, none of them have come back.

7 comments

  • Guest

    This is amazing! I live in North Carolina and seen this on our local news this morning. What a unique way to help families reunite and help the homeless have a new way of life. God is good!!

    • KIKI

      Your closed mind is just…UGH!!!!!!!!!!! A lot of people that are homeless believe that they do not deserve to have their family….Or they don't know how to find there way back.

      GREAT PROGRAM! ! ! ! ! ! KEEP DOING WHAT YOUR DOING KELLY KNIGHT.. <3

  • Mattius

    For everyone saying it’s the bum’s choice to be pieces of shit and less than human, that’s ignorant. That’s ignorant!!! Those filthy “people” deserve our compassion, and when they rudely bug you for change and cigarettes you should, in your mind, hug them and then firmly and angrily say “no”. As our dear leader obama recently said, “it is our responsibility as human beings to control the pest population, have your bum spayed or neutered.”

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