Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Aloha: Hawaii Giving One-Way Plane Tickets to Its Homeless

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 10:01 AM

Here's how Hawaii solves its homeless issue: handing out one-way tickets off the islands.

Hawaii News Now reports that the Hawaii Department of Human Services, saying it will save the Aloha State money on food, shelter and services for an estimated 17,000 homeless, has earmarked $100,000 for the three-year pilot program, dubbed "Return to Home." The agency says that by paying for plane tickets, possibly even beds on cruise ships, it will save millions of dollars in the long-term. The agency estimates that a homeless individuals in Hawaii receive the equivalent of $700 per month in services.

"This is not a silver bullet, this does not solve everything," Representative John Mizuno said. "It's fractional, it's not for 5,000 homeless people. It's going to be a handful of homeless people that we send."

In order to be eligible, those interested men and women must prove they can not afford an airfare and have family or a support system to return to in their home state.

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