NYC homeless at record numbers

December 23, 2008 3:40:40 PM PST
The number of homeless families staying in New York City shelters has hit its highest level in 25 years. The Coalition for the Homeless says a record 9,720 families stayed in shelters in the month of November. That breaks a previous high of 9,500 in September 2007. It's 13 percent higher than a count of 8,607 families in May.

The coalition says it's the highest number of documented homeless families since the city began keeping count in 1983.

Homeless advocates fear the number could jump even higher if the economic turmoil in the city worsens.

City Department of Homeless Services officials say the city is equipped to handle the increase and is serving all homeless families.

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