New York City’s Mayor Gets Creative With Homeless People

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I had a co worker once that ran away to New York City the day after his graduation in pursuit of a career in fashion and a lifestyle out of the closet. Fortunately for him he was very talented and driven. Many who come to the Big Apple don’t make it. Still others have fallen on hard times financially. Either way there is a significant homeless population in New York City and our current mayor Michael Bloomberg has sworn to eradicate the problem.

In March of 2009 the exact number of homeless people in New York City was supposed to be “9,720. This is five times the number of people who were in shelters back in 1983, when the issue of homelessness was considered a major municipal scandal, rating regular attention on the evening news and newspaper front pages.”

Something would have to be done, especially considering the 2 term mayor’s desire to break term limits and run for a third term. Also it costs the cash strapped City of New York about $36,000 a year to keep a family in a city shelter. Mayor Bloomberg’s latest solution: give homeless people free one way tickets out of the city.

Crystal Waters- Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”

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You know when you consider the subject matter it was kind of difficult to understand this song as a hit but how many songs can we say that about though? In 1991 we couldn’t resist that hook “La da dee da da da”. I don’t know about you but it still gets stuck in my head…They’re just like you and me but they’re homeless.

Earlier this year the plan was to charge working homeless shelter residents rent.

This program is supposed to send homeless persons back to their home of origin anywhere in the country where relatives may be able to provide a support system for individuals and families. In my readings this program is basically being applauded as practical and cost effective. I knew that wasn’t right and Florida’s Orange County Mayor Richard Crotty already said so in a stern letter to New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg.

As it turns out Orange County is one of New York City’s most popular destinations for homeless people. “‘For a far away mayor to try to deal with his budget issues by dumping people into another jurisdiction just seems wrong to me, that component of it again is troubling,’ Crotty said.”

Mayor Crotty said, “the sudden influx of more homeless families could be detrimental…in these tough economic times.”

Yeah that’s what he (Mayor Bloomberg) said.

QUOTE: “I am not opposed to the so-called “Homeward Bound” programs that send people back to their hometowns so long as there is a receptive family, a plan for their support and follow up. However, giving a homeless person a one-way ticket out of New York City does not address the core issue of homelessness, it just moves the homeless problem from one place to another.”

FACT: Other destinations include: “Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20). ”

Src: Crotty To NYC: Don’t Send Us Your Homeless
Further reading: Bloomberg’s Homeless Pledges Fell Far Short

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