SPOKANE, Wash. -- A pilot program to help the homeless in Oregon is making waves in Spokane.
The city of Portland bought a homeless man a bus ticket to Spokane. The idea is to connect him with family in Spokane to help him get back on his feet.
Dillon Hendershot, 18, made headlines across the Northwest, with his free bus ticket from Portland to Spokane. It was paid for by the city of Portland. It is part of a new pilot program called Homeward Bound that is trying to re-connect people with their families and resources, wherever that might be.
"I can't live, like, homeless for the rest of my life. It breaks you down," said Hendershot.
The biggest concern with the program, is simply transplanting the same problems from one location to another.
"People who want to be somewhere else, need to be somewhere else and they have a stable situation outside the county that they want to get to," said Susan Salisbury with Homeward Bound.
Hendershot left Portland Thursday night, arriving in Spokane Friday. His family said they are eager to help Hendershot get the help he needs. Still, there are others who are more skeptical.
"I don't believe it's going to solve anything at all. I think they're just going to regress right back into the same thing they were doing there," said Robert Williams, who is also homeless.
He said to truly change the cycle of homelessness requires more than just moving from one spot to another. The city of Spokane is not actively considering a similar program, but the same kind of help is already available here through Catholic Charities Emergency Assistance.
Robert Williams knows firsthand how a single gesture, like bus ticket, really can make all the difference.
"It's the small things that count, you know, I mean, what people consider small and take for granted. A bus ticket home could mean more than a million dollar lottery ticket for some. I know it could for me," said Williams.