Hawaii homeless man given plane ticket to Calif.
By Associated Press
POSTED: 07:46 a.m. HST, Oct 27, 2010
A Hawaii legislator is giving $100 to help fly a homeless man back to his wife in California.
Rep. John Mizuno, a Democrat representing Kalihi, donated his personal money to supplement the $274 cost for George Vonner’s one-way ticket to Ontario, Calif.
Mizuno said Vonner could only afford $180 for the ticket.
Vonner, whose flight leaves Thursday, came to Hawaii seeking employment with the understanding he could live with his cousin.
But the housing arrangement fell through, and Vonner became homeless last month.
Mizuno is promoting legislative proposals to reunify the homeless with their families while reducing costs to taxpayers.
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I guess this is one way to deal with homeless folks. But how does California feel about it?
Then also, are there states sending their homeless folks to Hawaii?