Wednesday, August 1, 2012
If you can't make it here...go to a shelter
From the Daily News:
It's not just tourists and wanna-be starlets flocking to New York these days.
The city has also become a popular new travel destination for the homeless — and taxpayers are now paying to send them back where they came from.
“People see New York as a land of opportunity, a place that’s welcoming,” said Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond, noting that the city’s unique “right to shelter” law affords housing to everyone.
The number of out-of-town families flooding city shelters has jumped by 48% over the past four years, from a total of 1,390 in 2008 to 2,053 in 2011, records show.
More than 40 new families arrive every week from Puerto Rico, Florida and elsewhere — and head straight to packed intake centers where they wait to be placed in shelters.