Seattle has a massive homeless problem, perhaps only second to Los Angeles, California.
The city has already spent a fortune trying various things to solve the problem but nothing has been effective.
Now an area council is proposing a new fix for the problem. Bus them to other cities!
FOX News reports:
Seattle-area council member proposes $1M busing program for homeless
A Seattle-area council member is pushing a $1 million proposal that would bus homeless people out of the state as part of a “family reunification” plan.
The plan, proposed by King County Councilman Reagan Dunn, would be a one- or two-year pilot program aimed at helping people who have someone in another state willing to take them in but can’t afford the cost of getting there.
Busing programs have been around for decades and have had varying degrees of success. While they can be a cheap and convenient way to connect people, critics warn it could lead to dangerous situations and say there’s no guarantee of permanent housing.
The city of Seattle and community organizers already offer free bus tickets as part of their broader approach to homelessness but Dunn’s proposal, unveiled Tuesday, focuses on 1,000 homeless people who said they wanted to reconnect with family during a homeless count in King County back in January.
In that survey, 9 percent of respondents said “family reunification” was one piece of support they needed to get off the streets and obtain permanent housing. However, other things like rental assistance, clearing up credit history and obtaining IDs ranked much higher.
Of course, this won’t solve the problem either, but it will make it someone else’s problem.
Last year, an amazing documentary was done by Seattle’s KOMO News about the epidemic of homelessness in the city and its causes. It’s an hour long, but worth watching if you have the time:
What a sad situation.
Correction: An earlier draft of this post said Reagan Dunn was a member of the Seattle city council. The post has now been updated for accuracy.