Hawaii Homeless One Way Ticket Offered In Free ‘Return To Home’ Deal

A Hawaii homeless one way ticket program is being offered in Hawaii’s “Return To Home” plan, with the island state apparently trying to get rid of its homeless population.

As previously reported by The Inquisitr, recently Hawaii was battered by Tropical Storm Flossie.

Apparently, Hawaii government officials probably wanted Flossie to blow away some of their homeless people along the way. Or at least now they’re offering to have Hawaii’s homeless flown away with one way tickets.

Hawaii’s homeless population of 17,000 people is apparently increasing at a rate of 10 percent per year. Hawaii’s population as of 2013 was estimated to be about 1.4 million people, which means Hawaii’s homeless population numbers about one percent of all Hawaiians. And it’s not like Hawaiians are losing their jobs and becoming homeless. Apparently, Hawaii’s homeless are all coming from out of state.

Taking care of Hawaii’s homeless is apparently adding up in cost. Government officials hope the Hawaii homeless one way ticket program will “cut back on the expenditures currently going to food, shelter and other services for its homeless population.”

Hawaii’s homeless one way ticket plans include providing $100,000 over the next three years to move Hawaii’s homeless population back to the mainland United States. Hawaii’s homeless will be treated to both airline flights and cruise ships. While that sounds like a lot of money, keep in mind each of Hawaii’s homeless costs the state about $700 per month, which means the Hawaiian government is spending an amazing $11.9 million already.

Michael Stoops, director of community organizing for the National Coalition for the Homeless, says that Hawaii’s homeless one way ticket program is not unusual:

“These kinds of programs have been used historically to ship homeless people out of town. In the homelessness field it was once called greyhound therapy. Hawaii now goes a step higher with airplane therapy. Oftentimes local police departments run such programs offering the stark choices of going to a shelter, jail or hopping on a bus or plane home.”

What do you think about the Hawaii one way ticket program called Return To Home?

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