This doesn’t surprise me, and it’s hardly confined to New York City; but the sheer brazenness of the bureaucrats is mind-boggling. “Let’s dump our problems on other cities, without bothering to tell them what’s on the way!”
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.
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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.
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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.
There’s more at the link.
A nice, convenient, and relatively cheap way for New York City to get rid of some of its problem children . . . only to dump them, without so much as a “by your leave”, on another community that doesn’t know they’re coming, doesn’t want them, and probably can’t afford to deal with them. One wonders how long it takes those homeless people to run through New York’s largesse, and turn to their new cities to demand similar support, financial and otherwise. I suspect it’s a lot less than a year.
If NYC bureaucrats think they can get away with this, what else are they getting away with that we don’t (yet) know about? And how many other cities are doing likewise?
Makes you think, doesn’t it?