Seattle Area Council Member Proposes New Plan To Deal With The Homeless – By Busing Them Out Of The State

Like Los Angeles and a few other cities, Seattle has a major homeless problem.

One member of a nearby council is proposing a plan to deal with the problem and it only costs $1 million dollars, because all he is proposing to do is buy them bus tickets out of the city.

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.

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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.

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In other words, Seattle wants to just make this someone else’s problem.

This is called passing the buck.

It does nothing to address the problem.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post said that Reagan Dunn is a member of the Seattle City Council. He is actually a King County Councilman. We regret the error.


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