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The Homeless Residents of New York Are Getting Taxpayer Funded Flights

The Homeless Residents of New York Are Getting Taxpayer Funded Flights
Jennifer Billock

Apparently New York City has been distributing its homeless population across the United States without telling the cities receiving them that they’re coming; it’s part of a program launched in 2017 to help get the homeless back on their feet but has instead backfired as they return to the city they left.

Since August 2017, 373 cities around the United States have received homeless transplants from New York City—and none of those cities knew it was happening. The moves are part of a program in New York called the Special One-Time Assistance Program (SOTA). Each homeless family receives a full year of rent, a furnishings allowance, and free transportation to the city and state they’re being moved to. New York’s taxpayers have been covering the cost.

The plan seems to have backfired, though. After that year of paid rent is up, the residents have a tendency to move back to New York—and in some cases are suing the city for abandoning them in conditions that are considered barely livable.

“We were initially seeing a lot of complaints about conditions,” Jacquelyn Simone, policy analyst at Coalition for the Homeless, told the New York Post. “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.”

Mayors across the country are routinely baffled when reporters call about this asking for interviews; no one knew the homeless families had been relocated to their towns.


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View Comments (6)


  1. GetSetJetSet

    November 3, 2019 at 5:17 pm

    I for one am SHOCKED that Liblasio’s policies don’t work!

  2. iflyjetz

    November 4, 2019 at 11:52 am

    LOL! I wonder how many cities will now be sending their homeless to NYC?

  3. fotographer

    November 4, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Time to move to NY.. get a year of free stuff… and ..
    just kidding… this is rather a sad state of affairs… what is wrong with state/city rulers…

  4. corbetti

    November 4, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Sending the homeless to someone else to deal with them seems like a decidedly conservative strategy.

  5. KRSW

    November 5, 2019 at 8:01 am

    So he welcomes illegals who commit felonies (entering the country illegaly is a misdemeanor, BUT fake passports/social security cards/etc are felonies), but is exporting US citizens who are down on their luck to other states, far away from NYC?

    How much does this cost? And why would you send anyone to Honolulu where jobs are scarce and living expenses are terribly high? You’re setting them up for failure.

  6. JackE

    November 7, 2019 at 10:06 am

    “Sending the homeless to someone else to deal with them seems like a decidedly conservative strategy.”

    A comment only a shameless progressive could make. Progressives don’t want to solve problems, they only want other people to pay for them and then dump Americans in the trash when their policies inevitably fail.

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