I suppose this is one way to solve vagrancy issues . . .
It was discovered last week that [New York City] is paying a year’s rent to encourage the homeless to ditch the Big Apple’s homeless shelters for apartments upstate.
Senate Investigations Committee Chairman Terrence Murphy (R-Hudson Valley) told The Post on Sunday that he’s opening a probe and will hold a public hearing on the matter after being briefed by an infuriated state Sen. Fred Akshar, who represents the city of Binghamton and Broome County, where the homeless are being shipped by the city.
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Broome County welfare officials found out about the families when they came into the Social Services office to apply for other benefits but not rental subsidies. They were told New York City had already taken care of their rent.
Alarm bells went off.
Akshar, a Republican, said it’s not just about his district.
“This could be happening in Rocehster, Buffalo, Albany, you name it,” he said.
“Bill de Blasio is putting homeless New Yorkers on buses, tossing them some rent money and sending them elsewhere . . . for someone else to take care of,” Akshar added. “The people of the Southern Tier and Broome County support and take care of their own in good times and bad. We don’t ship our struggling neighbors elsewhere for others to ‘deal with’ and call ourselves progressives.”
There's more at the link.
This is despicable. Not only is NYC pretending to "solve" the problem by shipping it away, but they're ignoring the crime and other problems that the homeless frequently bring with them. They're dumping all that on other communities without so much as a "by your leave", and will do nothing to pay the cost of alleviating or eliminating it from those towns. Goes to show . . . when you're the "biggest brother" in a state run by a Big Brother government, you can get away with almost anything, at the expense of "smaller brothers". If I were the communities in question, I'd sue NYC for every cent of additional cost imposed by this policy - plus punitive damages.
The question is, how many other big cities are doing the same thing? And where are they sending their homeless populations? I suspect that might make for some interesting investigative reporting . . .