Since he was sworn in, Mayor de Blasio has sent 1,412 homeless people out of New York City on one-way trips to other cities. It's a tactic that's been deployed by his predecessors that some argue only exports the problem and doesn't foster any long-term solutions for a city still reeling from the worst homelessness epidemic since the Great Depression.

The Post reports that de Blasio is on pace to match former Mayor Bloomberg's 2,208 removals last year. Each outbound trip is facilitated by the Department of Homeless Services and is, according to department spokesman Christopher Miller, "a compassionate solution that reunites homeless New Yorkers with their loved ones or other stable housing and employment options."

After campaigning on a pledge to assuage NYC's "tale of two cities" income inequality, de Blasio's willingness to send the city's homeless packing has frustrated would-be supporters. "This is ridiculous," Luis Tejada, formerly of West Harlem's Mirabal Sisters Cultural and Community Center told the Post. "We expected more from [de Blasio]. This is a big surprise."

The de Blasio administration's practice of sending homeless New Yorkers back to live with family outside of the city—or across state lines, or even across oceans—takes after the Project Reconnect program, which Bloomberg reinstated in 2007. A 2009 Times piece shed some light on the process:

Many of them are longtime New Yorkers who have come upon hard times, arrive at the shelter’s doorstep and jump at the offer to move at no cost. Others are recent arrivals who are happy to return home after becoming discouraged by the city’s noise, the mazelike subway, the difficult job market or the high cost of housing.

“I didn’t expect the city to be the way it is,” said Hector Correa, who was in a homeless shelter last week and flew home to Puerto Rico on Tuesday. “I was expecting something different, something better.”

The "one-way bus ride" removal tactic dates back as far as former Mayor Ed Koch's administration, but was revived in earnest by Bloomberg over the past decade. During the '90s, Mayor Giuliani took a more aggressive tack, declaring that the homeless had "no right to sleep on the streets" and ordering all "able-bodied" shelter residents to find work or face expulsion.

This year de Blasio's has tried persuade landlords to give the homeless a break and pushed for the "aggressive building" of affordable housing. However, issues such as the collapse of housing non-profit Aguila Inc. have forced hundreds of families back into the shelter system—a system that housed roughly 50,000 people each night in 2013 and has been found in some studies to be "deplorable".

"At the end of the day this program addresses the need of our clients," Miller, the DHS spokesman, tells us. "It doesn't address every need, but at some point some clients have access to either employment, housing, and family members outside the city, and we enable those clients to be reconnected and reunited with those family members."