Skip to comments.Hawaii sets aside $100,000 to offer its 17,000 homeless people one-way airfare
Posted on 07/31/2013 4:55:46 AM PDT by Makana
Hawaii is hoping to take the burden off its welfare system by saying aloha to its 17,000 homeless residents.
The state will offer one-way tickets home to any eligible homeless person to anywhere in the continental United States.
Hawaii has allotted $100,000 for a three year trial run of the so-called 'return-to-home' program, which could also even offer participants beds on cruise ships bound for their homes.
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I expect you would have to spend some period of time "homeless", living in a tent or in a shelter, before they would offer you a return trip home.
I don't think it is as dumb as it sounds. This is targeted at people that have family or other support in the continental US, but don't have the means to return to the mainland. They can't stand on the side of the highway in Honolulu with a cardboard sign labeled "Chicago".
Somebody 'splain to me how that works...
ah...the liberal govt of Hawaii is feeling the pain of those that depend SOLELY on the govt...well, the liberals created them - let them take care of them...apparently they are taking up space that the Japanese want to buy!
Fly them all to Detroit and give them an extra dollar to buy a house
They’ll have to pay them more than that to leave paradise.
And it will only work until mainland cities buy them tickets to send them back.
Would be pretty funny if the other 49 states set aside funding for 1,000 each in one-way flights to Hawaii.
"'It's fractional,' state Representative John Mizuno told Hawaii News Now. 'It's not for 5,000 homeless people. It's going to be a handful of homeless people that we send home to their support unit.'
Units is units, I guess.
The news is sounding more and more like the 1950's and 60's SciFi paperbacks.
And I can tell you, THIS USAPennsylvania unit has no desire to become homeless in Hawaii
That’s hilarious! Imagine SEA and SFO emptying their city parks into Maui...
“Why would they leave a guaranteed check and great weather?”
Appalled by Sarasota’s “homeless” problem the local paper (as I recall) hired a private detective to investigate. They actually published the results, which surprised me. A large percentage of the homeless were not penniless, as they expected. Many had retirement incomes, plastic money and stayed in motels when the weather was bad. Many had an income from begging that equaled the equivalent of regular income adjusted for taxes of $30k. When they went to the next level and started interviewing “homeless” they found that they were people who didn’t want to be tied to a house and traditional values. They just wanted to live free from all the normal constraints. Now, this isn’t to say there are no homeless who are just folks down on their luck with no family or help. It also doesn’t address the large number of drug addicted mentally ill who can’t hold a job because they spend every penny go get high.
But I’d be surprised if very many people take up Hawaii on their offer. If they do, they’ll be back when their government paid vacation is over. Homelessness, for many, is a lifestyle and they like it.
Makana: I plan on going there for vacation, but with a one-way ticket, and then declare myself “Homeless”. Free ride back.
justlurking: I expect you would have to spend some period of time “homeless”, living in a tent or in a shelter, before they would offer you a return trip home.
No he just has to say his parents brought him there when he was a child..
If I was homeless I would want a ticket TO Hawaii! Get me out of NYC or Chicago ASAP!
Unfortunately for Hawaii, they have a family of freeloaders getting free transportation back each year plus a relo in 2017.
How can this be? HI is supposed to be a liberal mecca overflowing with compassion for the downtrodden.
They create over 17,000 new homeless every month. This would be like pouring sand in a funnel.
At $5.88 per person it’s not going to work out too well anyway.
I’d just be ecstatic to purchase airfare to Hawaii for $58.82.
(They don't seriously think anybody is going to take them up on their offer, do they?)
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