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The number of New Yorkers living in homeless shelters reached an all-time high over the weekend, a sad milestone that officials blame on a lack of affordable housing and support services for the poor.

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A whopping 59,698 people — roughly the population of upstate White Plains — slept in a shelter in the five boroughs on Sunday night, according to stats released by the Department of Homeless Services.

That number has been slowly creeping up over the past few weeks, and easily surpasses the previously reported high of 59,068 in December 2014.

The grim stat is particularly high because it comes before the cold weather, which typically brings an influx of even more people to the city’s shelters.

It also could be higher.

Coalition for the Homeless, which calculates homelessness differently than the city, counted 60,456 individuals in shelter in July, the latest stats available.

That’s just under their all-time high of 60,939 in December 2014.

Officials there say they expect that when their September numbers come in, they will have surpassed their record.




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http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-homeless-reaches-record-high-60-000-article-1.2799995

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