Hawaii Ships Homeless: "Santa Monica, Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From"
August 01, 2013, 01:11 PM
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Hawaii Ships Homeless: "Santa Monica, Here We Come, Right Back Where We Started From"

A large fraction of homeless people — especially the poor bastards you find sleeping under a bridge in Chicago in January — are lunatics to be pitied. But, then there are the kind of homeless people you find hanging out at the blufftop park along Ocean Boulevard in Santa Monica or under the amazing Moreton Bay Figtree in downtown Santa Barbara who are highly rational about their lifestyle choices. The creme de la creme of the Lifestyler homeless are the ones who have made it to Hawaii.

From The Daily Mail:

Hawaii sets aside $100,000 to offer its 17,000 homeless people one-way airfare back to their home states 

... A similar program was implemented in New York City in 2007 by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other cities have used the tactic over the years. 

'These kinds of  programs have been used historically to ship homeless people out of town,' Michael Stoops, from the National Coalition for the Homeless told MSN. 'In the homelessness field it was once called greyhound therapy. Hawaii now goes a step higher with airplane therapy. Oftentimes local police departments run such programs offering the stark choices of going to a shelter, jail or hopping on a bus or plane home.'