NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The de Blasio administration announced Monday that it will ask for $40 million in state funds to help fight homelessness in New York City.

The number of people living on the streets of the city has dramatically increased in recent years.

City officials say that more than 53,000 people — including 23,000 children — are currently homeless.

The center of the administration’s plan is a new rental assistance program.

The plan would cost $80 million over four years.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s team wants half of that money to come from the state government. Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s team has not yet signed off on the plan.

De Blasio has made fighting homelessness a priority of his first year in office.

His administration outlined the plan Monday in a City Council budget hearing.

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