NEW YORK (AP) — New York City is grappling with a rapid rise in homelessness.
City officials have had to open nine new shelters in two months as the number of homeless seeking a place to stay jumped 18 percent in only a year.READ MORE: Omicron Variant: 1st North American Case Detected In Ontario
The Department of Homeless Services tells The New York Times there are now nearly 44,000 people living in the city’s shelter system, including more than 18,000 children.
That tally is a record high. It doesn’t include people who live on the street.READ MORE: Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Set To Start Monday In Manhattan
City officials believe the increase is partly linked to the end of a rent-subsidy program for homeless families.
The subsidy program was dropped when the state withdrew financial support.
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