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The number of homeless people staying overnight in New York City shelters has eclipsed the record-high population reported last year, reaching an average of more than 50,000 people per night, according to a new study.
The report, by the Coalition for the Homeless found that the number of families with children who entered the city’s shelter system increased from 1,129 to 1,288 in Manhattan between 2012 and 2013, a 14 per cent increase.
The number of homeless people who used city shelters increased from 50,135 in January 2013 to 53,615 in January 2014.
“Upper Manhattan has some of the highest rates of poverty,” said Patrick Markee, a senior policy analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless. The charity also attacked the Bloomberg administration’s ‘disastrous’ policies.
The report found that more than one in four homeless families in city shelters is headed by a working adult; and one of every six homeless single adults is employed but unable to afford a home.