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Study: NYC Has Record Number Of Homeless In Shelters

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A new report claims a record number of adults and children in the city are currently homeless.

The Coalition For The Homeless is set to release a study Tuesday that says an average of more than 50,000 people slept in shelters nightly in January.

Of those, more than 21-thousand were children.

The coalition says the number of homeless is the highest it has been in three decades and that the numbers have gotten much worse under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The Department of Homeless Services says the report is "not based in reality."

Officials said the increase is a direct result of the loss of a popular program which helped the homeless pay for their own housing.

"Well I think you need to look at the full picture," said DHS Commissioner Seth Diamond. "There are fewer people coming into the shelter system than there were two years ago, 9 percent fewer families came in in 2012 when compared to 2010. The reason numbers have risen is a direct result of the loss of the advantage subsidies, something the coalition aggressively advocated for."

The coalition says these numbers do not include people displaced by Hurricane Sandy.

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