Record Numbers Living in NYC Homeless Shelters

City officials have had to open nine new shelters in two months as the number of homeless seeking a place to stay jumped 18 percent in only a year

Saturday, Aug 11, 2012  |  Updated 12:54 PM EDT
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Record Numbers Living in Homeless Shelters

New York City is grappling with a rapid rise in homelessness.
 
City officials have had to open nine new shelters in two months as the number of homeless seeking a place to stay jumped 18 percent in only a year.

The Department of Homeless Services tells The New York Times there are now nearly 44,000 people living in the city's shelter system, including more than 18,000 children.
 
That tally is a record high. It doesn't include people who live on the street.
 
City officials believe the increase is partly linked to the end of a rent-subsidy program for homeless families.
 
The subsidy program was dropped when the state withdrew financial support.

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