Thanks to Nanny Bloomberg and its location in America’s least free state, New York City is as close to hell as anywhere in the USA if you believe in freedom. But it is paradise for moochers, who arrive from all over the world to live easy in homeless shelters on other people’s money.
“People pay $3,000 for an apartment here, and I get to live here for free!” said Michal Jablonowski, 25, who moved back to the city from his native Poland three years ago and is now staying in a Bowery shelter.
“I have food. I have health care. It’s great,’’ Jablonowski said. “Here, the city supports you. The city helps you with everything. …
“The shelters are really nice. You have clean sheets. You get to watch TV and stay in the warm. Homeless people have it so good, they don’t want to look for a job.’’
Free room and board are only the beginning. Jablonowski also has a free cell phone and plans to get his teeth fixed at taxpayers’ expense.
He is hardly the only welfare tourist to take a bite of the Big Apple.
Nearly one in four of the city’s single homeless people who entered the system in December 2012 listed their last address as outside the city. …
Taxpayers shell out $3,000 a month to feed, house and provide other services to each homeless person. The average stay in a city shelter is as long as nine months — although there’s no limit.
“Some people in here have it better than people working 9 to 5, because they’re not paying rent. I’ve stayed in hostels worse. I call this four stars,” said William Sullivan, who came to the city from LA for a job that fell through.
“Everyone in this place has a silver spoon in their mouth. You get fed three to four meals a day, and the food here is great.”
A Michigan woman who arrived in December said she was drawn to New York for the “adventure.”
“New York is New York! That’s why people come here,” said Amy Kaufman, 41, who is staying in a city-funded Chelsea shelter.
“I go to the library, and I go sightseeing a lot in Times Square and Chelsea. I like it here.
Taxpayers don’t. New Yorkers lead the country in paying taxes. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
On tips from Sean C, BoJangles, Artfldgr, and Dr. 9.