Cities In Texas Accepting Homeless People From New York

Alan Scaia
November 05, 2019 - 12:31 pm
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - New York City is busing about 12,000 homeless people to 370 cities across the country, including Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.

New York identified family members who offered to take those homeless in.

"No one is exporting homeless folks," says the Metro Dallas Homeless Alliance's David Gruber. "It's a common myth, but it's a myth."

Gruber says connecting homeless people with family can help them build relationships and make them more likely to find and keep jobs.

"There are a lot of myths out there about homelessness. People will say, 'We just can't solve homelessness because they're all mentally ill'," Gruber says. "​It's not true."

The Department of Housing and Urban Development says 25,310 homeless people were staying in Texas last year. New York had 91,987 homeless people and 17 percent of all homeless people in the United States.

Gruber says he is not concerned about Dallas' homeless population increasing.​ He says homeless people rarely travel to other parts of the country because they cannot afford transportation. He says 85 percent of homeless people are from the city where they are staying and 90 percent who can move in with family and use services to help them find a job are still living in a permanent home a year later.

"Homelessness is not a condition. It's not a sickness. It's not a disease," Gruber says.