Proposal would buy bus tickets for Seattle-area homeless

SEATTLE (AP) — As the Seattle area tries to tackle its homelessness crisis, an official wants to expand a strategy of buying long-distance bus tickets for people living on the streets.

The concept of sending homeless people out of town to where they say they’re from or may have support has been in place for decades in parts of the U.S.

The city of Seattle and community organizations already offer free bus tickets as part of their broader approach to helping homeless people.

King County council member Reagan Dunn wants to go a step further by spending $1 million to create a stand-alone bus ticket program that will emphasize “family reunification.”

Critics say Dunn’s idea won’t realistically address chronic homelessness.