Blue State Finds A Way To Pawn Homeless Off On Other States
The Homeless problem in blue states seems to be serious, just look at California the way they are going they are going to have more homeless than homeowners. But It appears New York has found a creative way of getting rid of their homeless, they are just sending them to other states so that they will no longer have to deal with them. I guess that’s one way to deal with it. But it turns out these other states are not happy about New York’s solution.
“New York City generously shares its homeless crisis with every corner of America.
From the tropical shores of Honolulu and Puerto Rico to the badlands of Utah and backwaters of Louisiana, the Big Apple has sent local homeless families to 373 cities across the country with a full year of rent in their pockets as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Special One-Time Assistance Program.” Usually, the receiving city knows nothing about it.
City taxpayers have spent $89 million on rent alone since the program’s August 2017 inception to export 5,074 homeless families — 12,482 individuals — to places as close as Newark and as far as the South Pacific, according to Department of Homeless Services data obtained by The Post. Families who once lived in city shelters decamped to 32 states and Puerto Rico.
The city also paid travel expenses, through a separate taxpayer-funded program called Project Reconnect, but would not divulge how much it spent. A Friday flight to Honolulu for four people would cost about $1,400. A bus ticket to Salt Lake City, Utah, for the same family would cost $800.
Add to the tab the cost of furnishings, which the city also did not disclose. One SOTA recipient said she received $1,000 for them.
DHS defends the stratospheric costs, saying it actually saves the city on shelter funding — which amounts to about $41,000 annually per family, as compared to the average yearly rent of $17,563 to house families elsewhere.
But critics say the “stop-gap solution” has been fraught with problems, and ultimately has failed to help curb the city’s homelessness.
Not only are officials in towns where the city’s homeless land up in arms, but hundreds of the homeless families are returning to the five boroughs — and some are even suing NYC over being abandoned in barely livable conditions. Multiple outside agencies and organizations have opened investigations into SOTA.”
I’m surprised they were able to get away with this plan at all, as they are just causing other cities to have to pay for their homeless. It appears these Blue states just don’t know how to properly fix their homeless problem.
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