Wednesday, July 29, 2009
By Bret Baier
New York City's homeless can get a free airplane ticket out of town as long as they agree not to come back. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration is offering one-way tickets in order to minimize homeless shelter operating costs.
More than 550 families have left since 2007, at a cost to taxpayers of about a half-million dollars/year. A relative must agree to take in the homeless, and there are no limits on where families can be sent. Tickets have been purchased to 24 states and five continents. Some of the most common destinations are Puerto Rico, Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas. And some families reportedly have been sent to Johannesburg, South Africa and Paris