Lawrence And Other Mayors Unhappy With Portland Ticket Home Program

The Dalles Mayor Steve Lawrence is joining with some other mayors in small Oregon cities to question the City of Portland’s program of giving bus tickets to homeless people who say they have places they can go.  Lawrence believes The Dalles has had six people show up through this program, while noting it’s difficult to confirm that because Ticket Home program officials cite privacy concerns.  Lawrence says he and officials in other cities are going to put pressure on Portland through the League of Oregon Cities and plan to attend a Portland City Council meeting to voice their concerns.  Lawrence was part of a KGW Television report on the issue.  In its report, KGW found that out of the 275 tickets given out by Portland and Multnomah County through the Ticket Home program, only 131 were confirmed to remain in stable housing three months later.

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