NYC sending homeless to Georgia, South Carolina

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 8:43 AM
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NEW YORK - New York City is buying one-way plane tickets for homeless families to leave the city, and dozens of the families have landed in Georgia and South Carolina.

The New York Times is reporting that it's part of a Bloomberg administration program to keep the homeless out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. More than 550 families have left the city since 2007. All it takes is for a relative to agree to take them in.

Families have been sent to 24 states and five continents. While Puerto Rico is the most popular destination, Georgia is now home to 38 of the families and South Carolina was the final destination for 31 families relocated by the program.

Florida has taken in 100 families and 47 more are calling North Carolina home, giving the southeastern United States the vast majority of the relocated homeless families.

The city employs a travel agency for domestic travel and the Department of Homeless Services handles international travel.

City officials say there are no limits on where a family can be sent and families can reject the offer.

City officials say none of the relocated families have returned to city shelters.

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pattym35
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pattym35 07/29/09 - 09:06 am
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So let's send our homeless to

So let's send our homeless to NYC

JackBootedThug
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JackBootedThug 07/29/09 - 09:15 am
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Bloomberg and his band of

Bloomberg and his band of idiots tried to blame gun stores in GA and SC for selling guns that ended up in NYC and being used in crimes. He even went so far as to sue a GA gun store for (unknowingly) selling guns to people who then were transporting them to NY. I say let's issue all these homeless people guns and bus tickets back to Grand Central Station. Let Bloomberg clean up his own mess.

mrlonglelgs
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mrlonglelgs 07/29/09 - 09:25 am
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Hey Bloomy send some of your

Hey Bloomy send some of your billions and build them a place
Dam Yankee

teapot
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teapot 07/29/09 - 10:09 am
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I have known of a few who

I have known of a few who "lived" in both states. They drew "welfare entitlements" in both states. I would hope that Ga. & SC. would require a minimum of, say, One year of residence in the state before giving "entitlements" to anyone.

IMHO, it is past time to end these "entitlement" programs on both the State and Federal levels. I know, there are children involved. If you can't feed and clothe them, don't have them. I raised my children WITHOUT govt. "entitlements", I am tired of paying for the women with 8 children, no daddy, no job(other than opening her "check". Men, don't father a child if you aren't willing and able to support it.

disssman
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disssman 07/29/09 - 10:24 am
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Strange. Isn't Bloomy a

Strange. Isn't Bloomy a CONservative? You would think a little party support for his programs would be appropriate. Teapot, I am with you. But we also need to expand your ideas to cover, farmers getting money to not raise crops, millionaires being denied first chance on government contracts, Or how about no more millions for non-profits who apy their directors way more than the Mayor receives. And lastly, how about we stop the funding of the development authorities that only support those women and children on welfare, lord knows we need to make sure those kids aren't being taken care of at the expense of the important people.

Townie
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Townie 07/29/09 - 11:13 am
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I have always suspected that!

I have always suspected that! I thought People-Dumping was illegal. If not, it should be! NYC, take care of your own! Don't just make them someone else's problem to deal with. Have a heart and take care of those in need. It could be you some day. Or it may be your brother that couldn't get it together after the divorce, or your sister who fell on hard times because of health issues. Or even worse....your child. Before you make yourself judge, remember we are ALL God's children and he is watching your reaction to this crisis. Don't make God ashamed.

Native007
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Native007 07/29/09 - 11:38 am
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If it costs 36k a year per

If it costs 36k a year per family for the NYC homeless system why not use that to help some get jobs or create jobs. WTH are they throwing their problems down here?

Longtime CSRA resident
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Longtime CSRA resident 07/29/09 - 12:07 pm
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Great - that's just what the

Great - that's just what the CSRA needs !!

DMac_357
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DMac_357 07/29/09 - 12:08 pm
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While this isn't illegal,

While this isn't illegal, it's definately not moral. Bloomberg has found a way to lessen his burden by placing it on someone else's doorstep. I wonder how Sonny and the other governors will react now that this story is public and the residents start complaining.

cricketflea
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cricketflea 07/29/09 - 12:14 pm
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Well then!!! Let's just pack

Well then!!! Let's just pack up all our homeless, indigents AND illegals and send them to NEW YORK CITY!!!!

me001968
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me001968 07/29/09 - 12:26 pm
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Don't we all have enough to

Don't we all have enough to worry about already? Geez I know I do. I say send all of our homeless to nyc. Might sound cold but....well there it is.

Tots
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Tots 07/29/09 - 12:30 pm
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Cricketflea@12:14-That sounds

Cricketflea@12:14-That sounds fair.

Fish Out of Water
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Fish Out of Water 07/29/09 - 01:07 pm
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YEEHAW! We's gonn' have us a

YEEHAW! We's gonn' have us a round-up!

jewel
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jewel 07/29/09 - 01:28 pm
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Careful, with jobs lost,

Careful, with jobs lost, retirement savings gone, and jobs cut, and many will join the lines of the homeless.

rcs2749
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rcs2749 07/29/09 - 01:55 pm
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Most of you need to read the

Most of you need to read the article again. They are paying to send the them to where they have family.

Tots
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Tots 07/29/09 - 02:25 pm
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Rcs2749@1:55-I did read the

Rcs2749@1:55-I did read the article and its nice of them to send them to family members.But do those family members pay property taxes? If not New York should not put that burden on other states.All states are hurting.

The Ode
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The Ode 07/29/09 - 02:26 pm
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The majority voted for and

The majority voted for and keeps voting in office the entitlement crowd at all levels of government. Write your representatives and demand they eliminate entitlements and become fiscally conservate. Educate yourself before you go to the polls and vote for fiscally responsible public officials.

Tujeez1
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Tujeez1 07/29/09 - 02:43 pm
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Maybe Gladys Knight will put

Maybe Gladys Knight will put out a song....."Midnight Plane to Georgia" and raise funds to help these people. In the least, thank God they are not homeless anymore. But Georgia should be reimbursed for the welfare it pays out to these people, by the state of New York.

Barf Obama
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Barf Obama 07/29/09 - 04:36 pm
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This explains all the people

This explains all the people from Puerto Rico I saw the other night

Tots
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Tots 07/29/09 - 05:14 pm
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We have alot of friends that

We have alot of friends that came from Puerto Rico.They know the law better than most people born here.They also know all the social programs.Most laugh at our system.

Taylor B
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Taylor B 07/29/09 - 08:20 pm
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sounds like an episode of

sounds like an episode of south park called "night of the living homeless"

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/29/09 - 10:32 pm
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They are being sent to live

They are being sent to live with their families who happen to live in these states. It sounds to me like GA and SC sent their homeless to NYC and they are simpoly giving them a return ticket home.

HillGuy
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HillGuy 07/29/09 - 10:34 pm
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BTW, Atlanta did this exact

BTW, Atlanta did this exact same thing leading up the the 96 Olympics.. they gave one way bus tickets to homeless people (they didn't even have to be picked up by family members in their final destination).

Antlion
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Antlion 07/30/09 - 09:27 am
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I can just feel that change

I can just feel that change now.......flying outta our pockets to care for these folks!

1941
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1941 07/30/09 - 10:35 am
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The homeless were orignal

The homeless were orignal from the states they were returned to. The kin of these folks, said they would keep them until they are able to get on the system here, or whatever state they chose to go to. Also the cost of living is very low, compared to N.Y..

viperatl
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viperatl 07/30/09 - 02:19 pm
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Better yet, let's just send

Better yet, let's just send all of the New Yorkers living here back to NY. Afterall they come down here to escape high taxes and then vote for Democrats that raise taxes. It's the definition of stupid. And they're either Mets or Yankess fans to boot!

Ken
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Ken 07/30/09 - 03:29 pm
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Now, now we are Christians

Now, now we are Christians and Christians don’t hate anyone except Liberals and the ACLU. I think we need to register these new Georgia residents as Republicans and do what ACORN did last November in Ohio, Florida and N.C. to throw the vote over to the Dems. Don’t get mad, get even!

triscuit
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triscuit 07/30/09 - 08:30 pm
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If families and relatives are

If families and relatives are willing to take these people in, why were they homless to start with?

fftaz71
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fftaz71 07/31/09 - 08:54 am
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Have most of you read the

Have most of you read the actual story here? The mayor is not just sending these people willy nilly to some random place to get benefits there. The program is putting them with actual family who must agree to assist these people. The last statement is that none of these people that have been sent to family have returned to a shelter.
I lived in NY and the people in NY who were homeless truly had nothing. Where I lived in NY you dont see the panhandling you see down here in the south. The majority of these people probably did not have the resources to get out of the state.
Viper...not all NYers actually vote democrat either. ONE city in NY carries the vote of the entire state. Most western NYers feel they have no true voice because of that city. And...some NYers actually come south to escape the heat, find a good job, etc. Im here because my husband is military. Funny thing is you complain because we are here, but you dont complain that poeple from NY come here to spend money in YOUR community...you cant have it both ways.

emergencyfan
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emergencyfan 07/31/09 - 03:38 pm
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Blood should be thicker than

Blood should be thicker than water. But I have a question... NY is not an impossible drive. If a family member in NY was homeless and you were willing to help them, wouldn't you have just driven up to get them already...or sent them a bus ticket? If you were too poor to afford the gas to get to NY or to send a bus ticket, are you really in a position to help anyone else?

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