21K NYC Kids Spent January in Homeless Shelter
Crisis at its worst since Great Depression: advocate
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 5, 2013 2:46 PM CST
April Gayles, center, with her children Angelina, left, and Nicholas, 6, playing nearby, are seen Oct. 3, 2012 in New York. Gayles is a stylist who became homeless shortly after moving to the city.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – As the sheer number of homeless people grows in cities like New York, the shape of the problem is changing: More of America's homeless are now families, the Wall Street Journal reports. On a national scale, their numbers grew 1.4% between 2011 and 2012, while individual cities also saw increases: Boston's 1,166 homeless families in December of last year marked a 7.8% increase from 2011, and Washington, DC, saw an 18% jump over the period.

New York City, meanwhile, is "facing a homeless crisis worse than any time since the Great Depression," says an advocate. Homeless shelters there housed an average of 11,984 families a night this January, while more than 21,000 children spent every night that month in a shelter. The latter marks a record 1% of New York youth, and the figure is up 22% from a year before, a report finds. Longer-term, New York has seen its number of homeless families soar 73% since 2002, thanks in part to the financial and mortgage crises.

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BenDunn
Mar 6, 2013 12:52 PM CST
Hey Bloomberg and Democrats, Stop focusing on Peoples personal lives, IE. Soda size, stop and frisk etc... And Do something for those who Need your attention in your Liberal Cesspool, the Homeless families/children. I thought this type of problem Could not exist in a Liberal Mecca such as DC or Boston or NYC... I wonder why... Must be that taxes are too Low... Time for a New Tax....
right2dave
Mar 6, 2013 8:55 AM CST
Let’s send another 60 mil to the Syrian rebels.
reallybig
Mar 5, 2013 8:46 PM CST
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... Creating JOBS was "the number one" prioity of Obama and the Democrats, or so they said. --- Obama and the Democrats promised by raising the National Debt limit by trillions of dollars, they (meaning Obama and the Democrats) would create millions of good paying jobs, etc. --- Like all of Obama's prommisses .. you can just take it to the toilet, because it's all just shit........ But, after raising the National Debt to over 5.9 trillion dollars in only 4 years .. "this" is what Obama and the Democrats gave Americans .. more minimum wage jobs, and a lot more homeless people .. the Obama vision of "his" new America? TRUTH BE TOLD --------------- REALLY