NYC secretly exports homeless to other states; not advising recipient states

That’s not exactly solving the problem…

From NY Post: 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 (SOTA).” 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 (DHS) 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.

But critics say the “stop-gap solution” has been wrought with problems, and ultimately has failed to help curb the city’s homelessness.

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.

“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,” said Jacquelyn Simone, policy analyst at Coalition for the Homeless.

DHS said 224 SOTA families have ended up back in New York City shelters. The agency did not answer The Post’s repeated requests for the number of families who wind up in out-of-town shelters.

“We suggested that DHS reach out to people as their subsidy runs out to confirm they will be secure and not have to re-enter shelter, but the agency told us they have no plans to do that,” said Legal Aid lawyer Joshua Goldfein, whose firm represents SOTA families who say the city pressured them to move into New Jersey slums, then ignored calls for help.

About 56% of the families move out-of-state, costing the city an average of $15,600 in annual rent. Thirty-five percent move within city limits with an average rent of $20,500, and 9% move elsewhere in New York state, costing approximately $17,900.

Homeless individuals and families are eligible for SOTA if they can prove that 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.

The agency’s website provides vague descriptions of the income and shelter-stay requirements.

DHS said its reps work with landlords in cities where families want to move to find housing. At least two SOTA families told The Post DHS pre-selected New Jersey apartments for them to view during a “van run,” then insisted they quickly sign leases.

Some pols in towns taking in NYC refugees were shocked by the news.

“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?” said Michael Yenni, president of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, when The Post told him the community is among the SOTA destinations.

“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.

Read the whole story here.

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Alma
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Alma

Boy oh boy, how things have changed since 1962. I had a visa waiver, paroled indefinitely, welcome, find a job, we are not your keeper. I am what I am because I earned it, it was not handed to me on a silver platter, I mean all of us that came at that time. I’m glad it was like that because I was not dependent from the government, and after all those hard years I’m proud I made it and made it good. Owe nothing and I earned my place with hard work, tears, joy and I’m having a hell… Read more »

kjf
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Back in the 80s I heard Providence was doing this along with NYC. Sending them all west to sunny CA. Nothing new, just the Post might have an axe to grind with Wilhelm.

William
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William

They do, we get the Post up here and they routinely trash The Kaiser. As an utterly corrupt waste of human skin he’s an easy target

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Michael Garrison
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Michael Garrison

No doubt some politician bought a run-down greyhound bus, then got a government contract for 2,000 dollars a head.
Only politicians get ahead.

William
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William

If they just gave the homeless enough money to get out of poverty it would be much less expensive than putting them up in shelters with all the attendant bureaucracy. But “one time only” programs don’t work because they will screw up their chance and return for yet another one time only program. Whatever we subsidize we get more of. If people have to shift for themselves they always find a way. But dem programs destroy that incentive and make people dependent, the whole point of dem programs. I meant “dem” to refer to democrat, not using ebonics 🙂

TrailDust
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Thank you, DCG, for exposing this practice to the light of day.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

How are they transporting them? Boxcars? Do they put them in the ‘showers’ after they get there. (sarc) It’s what they say the the right wants to do.