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?)
There are tons of bums in FL for the weather. Go to Daytona Beach. There was a tent city two miles from me in Gainesville, FL.
There are people who choose to separate themselves from the “normal” everyday issues/bills/responsibilities so they choose to wander around. They have some money that they use for the occasional hotel room.
Take all of America’s homeless people, and ship them all to Cuba.
I don’t think it’s dumb at all. If Hawaii gets away with it, I’d like to see more states try it. It would be interesting to see how that would go.
my former brother in law went to Hawaii on a one way ticket and lived on the beach.............anything to get out of Victor, Colorado.
Thought-Obozo is going to retire there. He probably wants the place cleared up before he settles in. He and the left are trying to clear out the spaces they prefer to live in, and foist the welfare-sucking criminals on middle class flighters who fled those areas to the suburbs. Section 8 vouchers, HUD, Agenda 21-they’re going to do what it takes to force diversity on the rest of us while the very bottom and the very top collude in the destruction of the middle.
Wow ... a “let them be someone else’s problem” plan. Nice.
I read about some of the punk kid runaways who aggressively panhandle people places like San Francisco and Portland. They really think they have a right to what’s in your pocket just short of taking it from you. If they weren’t punked-out scrawny kids, they’d probably try that too.
homeless and I like it
like it love it like it love it
isn’t there a song like this?
when we were there on vacation, a panhandler (white guy) stopped us with this sad tale.... he lost everything in hurricane Katrina!
Really? I told him he was lucky to have ended up on Oahu.
Having visited Victor, CO in 1978, I don’t blame your former brother-in-law one iota. I’d do the same thing.
Living on the beach in Hawaii? Hell, yeah!
“Greyhound Therapy.” Cops have used it for decades...
I can’t speak to San Francisco, but I recall some of the youthful panhandlers in Portland, OR as being pretty damned aggressive, and that would’ve been in the mid to late 1990s.
I’ve heard from friends still living there that the streetkid panhandlers are even more aggressive now, just shy of outright mugging people.
California has been doing this for a while.
>>> If Hawaii gets away with it, Id like to see more states try it. It would be interesting to see how that would go.
Well, like I just said, California has at least a 12 month jump on Hawaii... They’ve been trying to export their homeless for a while now.
Of course nobody talks about it.
I wonder how California will deal with homeless imports from Hawaii... and vice-versa?
If I were homeless on state welfare programs, I would be shopping for more handouts... not less.
Sounds like the makings for a great state exchange program, where states can actually compete for homeless vagrants.
Fortunately for the red states, implementation of Obamacare will play a key role i’m sure.
“When they went to the next level and started interviewing homeless they found that they were people who didnt want to be tied to a house and traditional values. They just wanted to live free from all the normal constraints.”
I have worked with homeless folks. There are very few truly ‘homeless’ people. There was a time when I nearly became one myself. However, because I had no desire to stay there and was almost there due to bad circumstances, I got out.
Everything old is new again.
I remember moving to San Diego back in `85 and seeing a bunch of homeless people hanging out near the beach wearing Cubs, White Sox, Bears and Bull gear. I thought it was odd until a local told me that Chicago had been rounding up their homeless and putting them on greyhounds to San Diego with one way tickets.
According to what I read, a lot of them are from middle class families in suburbs. They don’t have to be there by any means, they want to be there. I just cannot fathom that. Wanting to sleep on sidewalks where the concrete is the toilet. They set up in front of businesses and the clients and customers have to pick their steps through urine and feces, the cops can’t make the panhandlers leave.
Haha, that could be a new growth industry, shipping entitlements cases from state to state. A never-ending musical chairs.
yeah, he never wants to see snow again lol
The streetkids I recall from when I lived in Portland - before it became Hipster Heaven - fit the category you described; middle-class, suburban kids from various parts of Oregon and surrounding states. Runaways, mostly.
I understand the cops really can’t do much about it, unfortunately. I like downtown Portland, personally. You can easily walk from Pioneer Courthouse Square to Chinatown; it’s fairly compact. But to the streetkids all I can say is.....go home.
I was downtown in KC just out of court walking to my car when a white dude came right up to me, an inch from my face and asked for money. I ignored him but took off my diamond ring at that point.
I don’t blame him. I was in Victor in the summer, but I was told the area gets lots of snow - LOTS of snow. So your former brother in law has found his own little place in paradise.
Provided I had a good tent and a good place to pitch it, I’d be quite content living on a Hawaiian beach. If I could find some wood in adequate quantities, I could easily build myself a little shelter. Tropical living!
Didn’t some city in Florida get into trouble about ten years ago for giving all their homeless one-way bus tickets to California?
Could be. Somehow I had it in my mind that it was in CA that at one time, at least, towns were giving one-way bus tickets from those released from local mental and prison facilities.
I myself fantasize about Tahiti: we used to talk about it at work, go to Tahiti and be waitresses and live on the beach
My only dealings with panhandlers are our smalltime “local color” kind. They’re very few, they’ve been around forever, they don’t approach people, they just take up their post they’ve had forever and hold up their signs once in a while. Older, white, usually bearded. After all these years, I don’t even have a clue as to where they sleep. They must have somewhere to be, I don’t recall that I’ve ever seen them out in bad weather.
Even though I don’t know if they’re “deserving” or not, I don’t mind giving them some money, because they don’t harrass people at all. It’s news if anything happens to one of them, or used to be.
What airline is ging to sell them a ticket for $5.88?
Don't leave the District of C. behind: Hope they at least set aside some bucks to "repatriate" an occupier resident grifter or two back to Hawaii.
Some of them likely scraped up the money to get there to begin with...I have to say if I was homeless Hawaii would look like a pretty good place to be. Nice weather year round and liberals to take care of me.