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One Way Tickets For Homeless

December 27, 2011 by staff 

One Way Tickets For HomelessOne Way Tickets For Homeless, Homeless people in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., now have an alternative to shelters: A one-way bus ticket out of the city, thanks to a $25,000 program approved by city commissioners on Tuesday.

To qualify, participants must prove they have family in their destination city who is willing to let them move in. Advocates of the Homeless Reunification Program – which is financed not by taxpayers but by the Florida Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is composed of money confiscated from criminals – told Florida’s Sun-Sentinel this gives people living on the streets a second chance they wouldn’t be getting otherwise.

“We’re not pushing them out,” Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler said. “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.”

Some of those in shelters moved to Fort Lauderdale thinking they would find a job and then ran out of money before getting hired, Marilyn Munoz, executive director of nearby Palm Beach County’s Homeless Coalition, told msnbc.com. This program specifically targets people like them, she said.

“This is definitely not a way to get people who are homeless out of Palm Beach County; this is just a way to get people back home,” she said. “If they have relatives, this helps them out. That all it is: It’s help. It’s very expensive to purchase a bus ticket.”

For Fort Lauderdale, though, the expense a bus ticket vs. putting someone up in a shelter – a bus ticket to California could cost as little as $245 from Florida, according to The Sun-Sentinel – is much more cost-effective. The city, in Broward County, is following in Palm Beach County’s footsteps.

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