As an incredible initiative to get the homeless in Santa Clara moving, the Valley Transportation Authority in the Bay Area approved a plan to give them free bus and rail passes starting in April. The idea is to enable the homeless to get to medical or job appointments. People will be screened by social security agencies to see if they qualify, and the county will fund the $111,000 program. Around 1,850 transit stickers will be handed out every three months.

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Two years ago, a survey found that approximately 7,200 homeless people lived in Santa Clara County, and an estimated 3,500 people are expected to use the offer annually. Other similar programs exist in the Bay Area as well. SamTrans in San Mateo county provides people living in a shelter in the area four one-way passes a day on the county buses. AC Transit in the Oakland/Berkeley/Alameda area sells discount passes to social service agencies and schools to give to the homeless, while the Santa Cruz Metro transit agency offered discounts to the homeless at an event last year.

Via SJ Mercury