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GOP Solution for Homelessness: Give Them a Bus Ticket Out of Town

A GOP Councilwoman outlined the problem with homelessness programs across the country. They are just too focused on finding people homes.

Outraged that taxpayer money was being used to help people get back on their feet, Colorado Springs Councilwoman Helen Collins suggested the best solution for homelessness was to simply give them a bus ticket and ship them back to wherever they came from in the first place.

“A lot of the homeless, the best way to get rid of the homeless is to give them a bus ticket back to their families,” she demanded. “This isn’t even taken into consideration. It’s like the taxpayer has to fund the homeless for housing.”

She then continued by insisting that if you build low-income housing, they are just going to ruin it anyhow and then waste more taxpayer money when they move someplace else.

“They go into a low-income housing area,” Collins continued. “They drag it down and then they move on to the next new low-income housing facility.”

A fellow City Councilwoman  Jill Gaebler countered that the issue on the table was the utilization of a federal block grant and the program was not intended to only give them a place to live but also “figure out what’s going on in their lives, addressing their mental illness, and assessing what they can do to begin their healthy lives.”

A homeless Colorado Springs resident in the audience also reacted to Collins shocking plan by saying that Collins is characterizing homeless people all wrong.

“A lot these people have jobs, make money, but still cannot afford a place to live,” Lindsay Deen pointed out, stressing that most homeless were hardly deadbeats trying to live off the taxpayer’s dole despite what Collins thought.

Their arguments, however, did little to change Collins mind.

“I just don’t think that’s right for the taxpayer,” Collins concluded, still convinced the best solution for homelessness was to bus them out of town and “make them work.”

Photo Credit: Colorado Springs Gazette

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