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Nov 29 2019

How New York City Exports Its Welfare State

Put a left-wing punk in charge of a city and you don’t get government. You get a looting spree. New York City presents welfare state liberalism approaching the last extremes of extravagance:

From the tropical shores of Honolulu and Puerto Rico, to the badlands of Utah and backwaters of Louisiana, the Big Apple has sent local homeless families to 373 cities across the country with a full year of rent in their pockets as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Special One-Time Assistance [SOTA] Program.” Usually, the receiving city knows nothing about it.

Neither do taxpayers, or they would rebel. Oh wait, it’s right here in the newspaper, in a story dated last month, yet this is the first I’ve heard about it because no one is making a significant stink. New York taxpayers will never rebel, so long as they are being robbed blind in the name of moonbattery.

City taxpayers have spent $89 million on rent alone since the program’s August 2017 inception to export 5,074 homeless families — 12,482 individuals — to places as close as Newark and as far as the South Pacific, according to Department of Homeless Services [DHS] data obtained by The Post. Families who once lived in city shelters decamped to 32 states and Puerto Rico.

Meanwhile, the city ostentatiously opens its doors to needy Third Worlders who are in the country illegally, freeing thousands of criminal illegal aliens, literally making the term “illegal alien” illegal lest it offend them, creating an ID card that helps them collect taxpayer-financed benefits, promising them free healthcare, moving toward granting them voting rights, et cetera.

The city also paid travel expenses, through a separate taxpayer-funded program called Project Reconnect, but would not divulge how much it spent. A Friday flight to Honolulu for four people would cost about $1,400. …

Add to the tab the cost of furnishings, which the city also did not disclose. One SOTA recipient said she received $1,000 for them.

Bureaucrats say this is actually cheaper than keeping them in city shelters. When the year is up, the lucky recipients will demand that taxpayers provide them with free housing again, but it will be someone else’s problem. Unless of course insanely generous welfare handouts draw them straight back to New York.

[H]undreds of the homeless families are returning to the five boroughs — and some are even suing NYC over being abandoned in barely livable conditions.

That is a characteristic means of expressing gratitude for handouts: sue for abandonment if the torrent of free money slows down.

DHS said 224 SOTA families have ended up back in New York City shelters.

But at least some of them are in other cities’ shelters.

On a tip from Varla.

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