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Rep Mizuno calls on AG Barr to Investigate NY Homeless ‘Exports’
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REPRESENTATIVE MIZUNO ASKS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL TO INVESTIGATE NEW YORK CITY POLICY OF SENDING HOMELESS PEOPLE TO HAWAIʻI

News Release from Office of Rep John Mizuno Nov 1, 2019

Honolulu, Hawaiʻi – Representative John M. Mizuno (Kalihi Valley, Kamehameha Heights, portion of Lower Kalihi) has sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr asking that his agency investigate New York City's policy of sending homeless citizens to other states across our nation.

In his letter, Mizuno says an investigation is needed following the New York Post's front page article of October 26, 2019 titled "NYC secretly exports homeless to Hawaii and other states without telling receiving pols."

The article alleges that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's "Special One-Time Assistance Program" (SOTA) has since its inception in August 2017 exported 12,482 homeless individuals to 32 states.

"The SOTA program to my knowledge fails to comply with ensuring the safety, well-being, and continued support which is needed for a homeless individual or family being displaced. The SOTA program is a recipe for disaster and inhumane to the homeless being exported out of New York," Mizuno said in his letter.

Mizuno acknowledges that Hawaii has a program called "Return to Home" for sending homeless individuals to the mainland, but only "if we have a confirmed strong support unit, meaning a family agreeing that they are willing to accept their homeless family member from Hawaiʻi."

"I ask that your agency conduct a legal review and investigation into this matter, as many Hawaii residents have serious concerns that this illegal program could exasperate an already tragic situation here in Hawaii. I believe this issue is compelling enough to warrant an inquiry and full investigation into New York City's SOTA program," Mizuno said.

Related: NYC secretly exports homeless to Hawaii

PDF: Mizuno letter

Mizuno calls on AG Barr to Investigate NY Homeless ‘Exports’

AP: … In his letter, Mizuno said, "The SOTA program to my knowledge fails to comply with ensuring the safety, well-being, and continued support which is needed for a homeless individual or family being displaced. The SOTA program is a recipe for disaster and inhumane to the homeless being exported out of New York."

Though Hawaii does have a program called "Return to Home," which sends homeless individuals to the mainland -- but that's only, as Mizuno states, "if we have a confirmed strong support unit, meaning a family agreeing that they are willing to accept their homeless family member from Hawaii."

Mizuno also stated in the letter, "I ask that your agency conduct a legal review and investigation into this matter, as many Hawaii residents have serious concerns that this illegal program could exasperate an already tragic situation here in Hawaii. I believe this issue is compelling enough to warrant an inquiry and full investigation into New York City's SOTA program."…

read … Local rep sends letter to AG asking for investigation of NYC exporting homeless to Hawaii

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