Subsidized (sometimes intranational) Emigration

They are flown to Paris ($6,332), Orlando ($858.40), Johannesburg ($2,550.70), or most frequently, San Juan ($484.20).

They are not executives on business trips or couples on honeymoons. Rather, all are families who have ended up homeless, and all the plane tickets are courtesy of the city of New York (one-way).

The Bloomberg administration, which has struggled with a seemingly intractable problem of homelessness for years, has paid for more than 550 families to leave the city since 2007, as a way of keeping them out of the expensive shelter system, which costs $36,000 a year per family. All it takes is for a relative elsewhere to agree to take the family in.

That is from the NYT. Relatively few families take part  in this program annually, suggesting stringent qualifications (the most stringent being the relative requirement), limited available funds (it appears to be about $500,000), or lack of interest in relocation.

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