Florida city considers sending homeless out of town

By Kaitlyn Shemenski , Associate producer, kshemenski@wjxt.com
Published On: Sep 05 2014 06:41:28 AM EDT
SARASOTA, Fla. -

Sarasota city officials are backing a plan to offer transportation out of town to some of the people living on the streets.

The City Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to place $1,000 in a "Homeward Bound fund" that would help finance that one-way travel.

City officials hope the money will be matched by donations from the public. The city is partnering in the effort with local charities, including Resurrection House and the Salvation Army, but is seeking more control as it contributes money.

The Herald-Tribune reports that A few people already have been reunited with family.

Similar efforts have gone wrong elsewhere. Last year, the city of San Francisco sued the state of Nevada for allegedly busing mental patients to California to avoid the cost of treating them.

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