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Number of Homeless in City Hits Record High, Report Finds

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The number of people spending the night in city homeless shelters has soared to record heights, according to a new report.

The Coalition for the Homeless says that from January 2013 to January 2014, the number of people sleeping in a city shelter rose seven percent to more than 53,000 per night -- the highest number ever recorded.

The number of homeless children staying in shelters also rose eight percent over the past year to more than 22,000.

Additionally, the amount of time families with children are staying at shelters also went up, with the average duration reaching 14 and a half months.

The Coalition blames the Bloomberg administration and rising housing costs for the surge in the homeless population.

It also offers some suggestions to curb the problem.

They include subsidies to move families to permanent housing, and creating permanent supportive housing for the mentally ill and disabled who are homeless.

In response to the report, the city Department of Homeless Services said, "DHS shares the goal of expanding resources to assist more homeless New Yorkers return to independent living. We look forward to working with the Coalition as we develop policies that benefit homeless individuals and families."

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