Wednesday, July 29, 2009
New York City Giving Homeless Families Tickets To Ride
The Bloomberg administration has set aside a half-a-million dollars for a unique program designed to get homeless people off the streets and out of the shelters of the city.
If you're homeless in New York and you have a relative someplace else who will take you in, New York City will pay your ticket out-of-Dodge. And there's no limit to where they'll send you on the city's dime.
So far 550 homeless families have opted into the program - one that not only finds a safe place for them to stay - but that also saves the city money. That's because it costs New York City $36,000-a-year to provide shelter to one homeless family.
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