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(Eric Tessmer)

Homeless Flight Program in Hawaii Draws Opposition

Officials fear it may draw people to island

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Adam Roy

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A proposed program that would set aside money to fly homeless people back home from Hawaii is drawing criticism in the 50th state. The so-called “return-to-home” program would provide homeless volunteers with a one-time, one-way ticket back to a city of their choosing. According to ABC News, the entire program would cost $100,000, enough to buy transportation for about 100 to 200 people.

In a twist, the island’s Department of Human Services, which would be tasked with running the program, has spoken out against it, saying that a guaranteed safety net could attract new people to the island. “At the end of the day … we remain concerned this program is an invitation to purchase a one-way ticket to Hawaii with a guaranteed return flight home,” the department said in a statement.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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