(Tea Party 247) – New York City is a hot mess. Not only is it a cesspool of liberal ideology being run into the ground by the likes of failed presidential candidate, Mayor Bill de Blasio, but now they are taking their problems and spreading it around the country. How thoughtful!
The New York Post reports:
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.
What could possibly go wrong? Apparently everything. Turns out these relocated homeless people don’t find the “help” particularly helpful. Hundreds of the families that have been displaced are returning to NYC with some of them even trying to sue the city. Their claim is that the city “abandoned” them in “barely livable conditions.” As if living on the streets is a sustainable way to live.
Several different institutions have opened investigations into SOTA. Jacquelyn Simone, a policy analyst for Coalition for the Homeless reports, “We were initially seeing a lot of complaints about conditions. Now that the program has been in operation long enough that the SOTA subsidy is expiring, one of our main concerns is it might not be realistic for people to be entirely self-sufficient after that first year.”
Well no kidding. Instead of working with homeless people to rehabilitate them into being productive members of society, NYC is just shoving them off onto other cities and essentially attempting to wash their hands of them.
What’s most troubling is the fact that NYC is attempting to distribute homeless people to other cities without informing the other cities that they’re doing it.
Michael Yenni, President of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, told The New York Post in response to finding out homeless people had been relocated to his town, “So in other words, if someone is in a shelter, y’all will give them money to go somewhere else if they have been there for 90 days? And some of those people have been sent to Metairie?”
Yenni went on to say, “I’m not in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s shoes. I don’t sit behind his desk, and I never will, but it’s certainly interesting. You have shocked me down here in beautiful southeast Louisiana.”
The mayor of Willacoochee, Georgia, Samuel Newson, was just as surprised and had no idea about the program, saying, “I’m not familiar with none of that.”
We can be thankful that Bill de Blasio’s run for president was short-lived. What a mess he has made of NYC. Imagine what he would have done to the country.