50K Homeless in NYC Shelters Nightly, Report Says

NEW YORK (AP) -

A report shows the number of homeless people in New York City shelters has risen to a modern record: more than 50,000 a night.

The Coalition for the Homeless released the statistics Tuesday. It found an average of 50,135 people per night in shelters this January.

That’s 19 percent more than the year before and 61 percent more than a decade earlier.

The numbers include an average of more than 21,000 children in shelters each night. The report is based on city data.

The advocates say Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration hasn’t done enough to secure housing for homeless families.

City officials have pointed to economic problems and the end of some state rent subsidies for formerly homeless families. The aid stopped two years ago.