New York City is secretly shipping homeless people to other states across the country, with enough taxpayer money to pay rent for a full year. The receiving cities lack funding for the added expense of the new homeless people and spill-over issues. The Special One-Time Assistance program, instituted in 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has cost taxpayers about $90 million dollars. Some of the homeless people have returned to NY City and are suing the city. More than 5,000 families (12,000 individuals) have been “exported to different locations in the mainland United States, and some have even been sent to Hawaii or Puerto Rico. Dr. Drew Pinsky said that funding for state mental health institutions was eviscerated under President Kennedy in 1963 and mentally ill people wound up on the streets, in prisons and in nursing homes.
New York City has spent millions of dollars paying for homeless people to move somewhere else, and the city has not been informing receiving municipalities that it is shipping the homeless to them, according to the New York Post
The Special One-Time Assistance program, instituted in 2017 by Mayor Bill de Blasio, has cost taxpayers about $90 million dollars. In the program, homeless people receive a year’s worth of rent money and traveling expenses to go somewhere else. Here are the requirements:
Homeless individuals and families are eligible for SOTA if they can prove they have been in a New York City shelter for at least 90 days and that their household income is no more than twice what it owes in rent. DHS would not expand on eligibility rules.
More than 5,000 families (12,000 individuals) have been “exported to different locations in the mainland United States, and some have even been sent to Hawaii or Puerto Rico.
So, a homeless family could hypothetically receive $1,500 or so for one-way plane tickets to Hawaii, an average of about $17,000 for a year of rent (which obviously varies based on location) and even $1,000 for furnishing their new home, as one program recipient told the Post they received.
The city would argue that as expensive as that sounds, it’s actually cheaper per family than the cost of shelter funding, which they say is about $41,000 per year.
However, the city might be paying to send them off, and then later paying for them when they come back.
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. Multiple outside agencies and organizations have opened investigations into SOTA.