NRS and Greyhound are partners in the Home Free program, which grants free Greyhound bus tickets to youth who have run away but wish to come home.

This is a video is one that explains the Home Free program from the National Runaway Safeline. Greyhound bus stations around the country post 1-800-RUNAWAY flyers and posters on their benches and in their windows to encourage youth who are trying to get home to call us. Featured in the video are compassionate and energetic supervisors who work in the call center at NRS, discussing the ins and outs of Home Free.

I won’t say too much – I don’t want to spoil the video – but here’s some starter-knowledge on the Home Free program. Greyhound Lines established it in 1987 and, in 1995, they partnered with the National Runaway Switchboard to make the program more effective. NRS took on the responsibility of issuing tickets to youth callers based on criteria set forth by Greyhound. It’s not a guaranteed ticket to everyone who calls, but it can certainly be explored. So, if you’re between the ages of 12 and 20, you’ve run away from home, and are now looking for a way back, Home Free might be an option.


– Colin

UPDATE: The Home Free program is now available to runaway youth up to age 21!

The Home Free program has expanded its eligibility to include youth victims of human trafficking and are also eligible for the program through age 21. The expansion supports universal recognition that runaway, homeless, at-risk and child welfare adjudicated youth are the highest risk group for exploitation. Expanding eligibility through age 21 further aligns the Home Free program with the service eligibility age ranges of many of the state and federally funded homeless youth housing programs. NRS maintains an extensive nationwide database of trafficking-related resources and social service providers.

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  • Tiffany McIntyre

    What do I do if its me my child and my mother homeless?? If we have been unable to get assistance from the state if California??? Can they help me my mom and my daughter get where we need to be??? Stupid comic con!!!!!!
    Idk wat to do this state is the worst help ive ever received. Please send me out of this state and to Colorado!!! Where my daughter was born or sum where else????

  • Tiffany, NRS wants to help! Please contact our crisis intervention team 24/7/365 by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY, emailing info@1800RUNAWAY.org or live chatting at http://www.1800RUNAWAY.org. A caring person will listen to your story and help you come up with a plan.
    -NRS Communications Team

  • Lakeeya

    I need help with me and my children getting home..I am homeless and none of the places in this small town is helping me..I have been looking for some kind of help for me and my two kids for bus tickets for me and them..Please help me

  • Hi, Lakeeya. Thank you for contacting NRS. It sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. We are here to help. Please contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Please mention that you are looking for information regarding our Home Free program. Please be prepared to provide detailed information on your current location as well as your destination. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • cody

    ive taken off to bc from alberta and im stranded with no where to stay and idk what to do, ive made a huge mistake and i NEED help i dont know what else to do, please help

  • Hi, Cody. Thank you for finding our blog and for contacting us. We are here to listen and to help. In order to access our Home Free program, we ask that you give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, in order to gain more information on your situation. You can also email us at info@1800runaway.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Cam

    I’m 16, almost 17. Been a runaway since 6/23/16. I ran from an abusive situation in Washington state, now I’m in Arizona and find myself in a worse situation then before. I have no where to go. None of my family will take me or help me . I need help getting to Oregon, where I have many resources and trusted people to stay with. Please, anything helps

  • Hi, Cam. Thank you for finding us and choosing to reach out.

    You can access our Home Free program by contacting our crisis services center, 24 hours a day. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. We can then begin the process of getting your information.

    We hope to hear from you soon.

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