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State has no plans to fly homeless back to mainland

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 03:25 p.m. HST, Aug 05, 2013


Hawaii’s human services officials and groups that help the homeless are skeptical about a program that would help fly homeless people back to the mainland.

A new state law includes a provision allowing the state Department of Human Services to coordinate a voluntary “return-to-home” program that would seek help from airlines, cruise lines, charter companies, homeless programs, travel agencies and the visitor industry.

The department doesn’t have any plans to implement the program at this time. Still, officials worry the national and international publicity about the effort will inspire folks to become homeless in sunny Hawaii, knowing they’ll have a guaranteed ticket back to where they came from.

Marc Alexander of the Institute for Human Services says a state-funded fly-home program comes with too many unintended consequences.







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loquaciousone wrote:
I'm originally from Las Vegas. Can I get my ticket now?
on August 5,2013 | 03:29PM
iwanaknow wrote:
good intentions but unintended consequences?.....chance em? send them to Yap or Guam?
on August 5,2013 | 05:16PM
kumasachi wrote:
Tell them to paddle back from where they came! Or better yet they can live 3 miles offshore and nobody is going to hassel them.
on August 5,2013 | 06:28PM
Hugo wrote:
When I went through the welfare application process, some of the "47 percent" I met going through the process had literally just gotten off the airplane and were looking for free money. The screening process with a shrink identified these people as lazy and not crazy. I was found to be crazy. I got the free money, the losers did not.
on August 5,2013 | 06:56PM
AIEA25 wrote:
THEY CAME FROM THE MAINLAND TO LIVE OFF THE STATE. ALWAYS FREE MONEY TO THE HOMELESS BUT TO THE PEOPLE THAT LIVES HERE MONEY IS UNVAILABLE FOR THEM. SO WHY NOT SEND THE HOMELESS BACK WHERE THEY CAME FROM. DOES THE PERFER TO SPEND BIG BUCKS THAT THEY DON'T REALLY HAVE TO TAKE CARE OF THE HOMELESS FROM THE MAINLAND BUT THEY CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE OF THE HOMELESS DOWN HERE.....
on August 5,2013 | 07:35PM
Anonymous wrote:
So a mainland city will send it's homeless here for the winter so they don't have to care for them, and we'll send them back in the spring. That's just brilliant. Does anyone know who authored this law?
on August 5,2013 | 08:11PM
sailfish1 wrote:
We need a law that prevents people and organizations from feeding homeless unless they also provide shelter to them.
on August 5,2013 | 08:30PM
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