The Coalition for the Homeless said nearly 54,000 people stayed overnight at New York City homeless shelters in January.
More than 400 vacant beds are available for single adults, Department of Homeless Services officials said Thursday.
The Coalition for the Homeless says that the mayor’s approach relies on short-term emergency solutions at the expense of long-term federally funded options, such as housing programs that have shown promise in the past.
The city’s Department of Homeless Services said volunteers counted an estimated 3,262 homeless people living on the streets on January 30. There were 2,648 counted in 2011.
The Coalition for the Homeless said a record 113,553 people — including 42,888 children — slept in shelters run by New York City in fiscal year 2010.