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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Antknee
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Antknee 07/31/09 - 05:57 pm
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I agree with PattyM,let's

I agree with PattyM,let's send our homeless to NYC!

Antknee
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Antknee 07/31/09 - 05:58 pm
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I agree with PattyM35,let's

I agree with PattyM35,let's send our homeless to NYC!

mieshel
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mieshel 08/01/09 - 01:35 am
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All this complaining and they

All this complaining and they are still coming to your neighborhood..lol

159ace
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159ace 08/01/09 - 08:08 pm
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I agree with PattyM,let's

I agree with PattyM,let's send our homeless to NYC! 159ace

demented dave
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demented dave 08/03/09 - 05:46 pm
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Maybe New York thinks

Maybe New York thinks Georgia's still a penal colony. That's what England did in the old days, right? They sent people in debtor's prison to settle Georgia. Guess that makes Bloomberg the freaking king of England.

Tell you what, send those folks to my farm. I'll give them three hots and a cot. All I ask is that they work out in the fields, clean the house, that sort of thing. It worked before. Well, for a while, anyway.

demented dave
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demented dave 08/03/09 - 05:50 pm
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f'ntaz, the difference is, we

f'ntaz, the difference is, we want yankees to come, spend money, then go away. These yankees come without money or jobs. How's that good for us? You're military, eh? Well, go spend your money in Iraq, then, if you hate it here so much.

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