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Greyhound and NRS Expand Program Offering Free Bus Tickets to Runaway Youth

Free Greyhound Bus Tickets to Runaway Youth “Home Free” Program Expands to Those Aged Up to 21

Since 1995, NRS and Greyhound Bus Lines, Inc., have teamed together to offer free Greyhound tickets to homeless and runaway youth through our “Home Free” program. More than 15,000 youth have used this to reunite with their parents or guardian. Recently, through an expansion of the program, we are now able to help even more youth in the future.

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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Home Free Program

Every year more than 1.3 million youth run away from home.  The dangers they face from assault, exploitation, illness or suicide are real. The Home Free Program helps runaway, homeless, and exploited youth return home safely.  Established in 1995 as a partnership between Greyhound Lines, Inc. and the National Runaway Safeline (NRS), the Home Free Program provides crisis intervention with the goal of reuniting minor aged runaway, homeless or exploited youth with their parent/legal guardian or an approved alternative living program.  Youth, ages 18-21 qualify for; reunification transportation with family, approved alternate living arrangements, or community-based transitional or independent living programs.

 The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) is the sole organization through which a Home Free ticket may be issued.

To access the Home Free program, you must call 1-800-RUNAWAY.

* NRS reserves the right to request any necessary support documents to verify the identities of all parties requesting Home Free tickets. NRS may use identification documents to ensure the appropriateness of reunification and/or the youth’s eligibility as determined by the program’s guidelines.

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  • Cedric Lewis

    Hi my name is mandy n i got two kids n we jst trying to get home pls help us i got 24$ to my name

  • Hi, Mandy. Thank you for reaching out to us. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY in order to begin the process. Thanks for your cooperation.

  • donna

    what if he’s 25 homeless trying to get to different state to be stable is there help for this

  • Hi, Donna. Thank you for finding our blog and submitting your question. Unfortunately, this program is designed only for youth up to age 21. We regret any inconvenience.

  • Independent

    My name is Lonice I am 17 almost 18 with no where to go trying to reach Dallas Texas to reach my step parents but I only have about $5 to my name that’s it

  • Hi, Independent. Thank you for reaching out to us. In order to process your request, we could use some more information. Please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. Thank you for patience.

  • Berner

    Im 21 and trying to get to my mom

  • Hi, Berner. Thank you for reaching out to us. We are here to help. In order to access our Home Free program, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our crisis services center staff can then start gathering your information. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Elizabeth Odoardo

    Me and my boyfriend are stranded in Alamo Nv. With no car or any money. I’m 18 he’s 20. We’re trying to get to Colorado. What can I do ?

  • Zane Gardner

    Hi my name is Zane and I’m trying to get back home to Indiana I’m homeless and 21 years of age….trying to get back home.

  • Hi, Zane. Thank you for finding us and choosing to reach out. To access our Home Free program, we ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We hope to hear from you soon.

  • Hi, Elizabeth. Thank you for your question. You can determine if our Home Free program is an option for you. We ask that you please give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY, and ask about our Home Free option on GreyHound Bus Lines. We will then gather information from you on your situation. You can also email us through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org.

  • Kiana

    HI my name is kiana. I’m 18 and have a 1 year old son and we are current homeless. Trying to get to my friends house. Is there any way u can help me?

  • Hi, Kiana. Thank you for contacting us. We are here to listen and to help. For immediate help, please call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY, or use our live chat or send us an email through our website, 1800RUNAWAY.org. We look forward to hearing from you.