Homeless Get One-way Tickets

December 22, 2011 by staff 

Homeless Get One-way TicketsHomeless Get One-way Tickets, The homeless of Fort Lauderdale are eligible for a one-in-a-lifetime gift from the city fathers: A one-way bus ticket out of town.

The free seats, funded by $25,000 confiscated from criminals, are intended to reunite the Sunshine State homeless with their friends and families, city officials said.

The one-way ticket helps ensure that people don’t abuse the “Homeless Reunification Program” by taking multiple trips, and the homeless must show they will have someone waiting upon arrival.

City officials approved the plan in a Tuesday vote.

Florida’s Broward and Palm Beach counties run similar programs – although homeless advocates felt the relocation plan wasn’t a real solution.

“The nature of that is quite transparent, to move their problem onto somebody else’s doorstep,” National Homeless Coalition head Neil Donovan told the Florida newspaper.

“We’re not pushing them out,” said Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler to the Florida Sun-Sentinel. “If somebody has a network of support, a group of family and friends that will provide for them back home, that’s probably a good place for them to be.”

Fort Lauderdale has more than 7,000 people living in shelters and housing, while another 190 families were on a waiting list for openings three months ago.

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