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Jan 29, 2010 8:45 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Colorado Springs homeless getting one-way bus tickets home

Homeless people in Colorado Springs are getting their one-way bus tickets paid for if they want to move to be near family or friends.

The Salvation Army is providing the money for Colorado Springs police to buy the tickets when homeless people request them. The officers are also responsible for checking that the homeless have a relative or place to stay at their desired destination.

City officials say the idea is not to kick the homeless out of Colorado Springs but to help them better themselves.

The initiative is new and so far three people have gotten bus tickets to San Diego, California; Corpus Christi, Texas; and Birmingham, Alabama.

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