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Record numbers living in NYC homeless shelters

By AP Staff

NEW YORK (AP) — 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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  1. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    August 13, 2012 @ 11:08 am

    I guess the city could move them into all those high-priced properties the rich are leaving as they flee the state and it’s onerous tax burden on success.

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  2. BillzillaComment by Billzilla
    August 13, 2012 @ 12:21 pm

    The country’s in a depression seems like to me. But hey, what do I know?

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  3. cxComment by genesal
    August 13, 2012 @ 12:47 pm

    There’s two types of homeless people. Those who choose to be and those who are due to circumstances. The government encourages the former.

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  4. Rick FaulkComment by Rick Faulk
    August 13, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

    It’s funny how the media latched on to the homelessness issue during Reagan’s presidency and hammered him endlessly about it even going so far as to make up hugely false numbers. The media is mysteriously silent on the homeless issue now that their annointed one is living in the Casa Blanca.

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