Advocates see record levels of homelessness in NYC

(AP) - The Coalition for the Homeless says an all-timehigh number of New Yorkers turned to shelters last year.The coalition says a record 113,553 people

NEW YORK - (AP) - The Coalition for the Homeless says an all-timehigh number of New Yorkers turned to shelters last year.

The coalition says a record 113,553 people - including 42,888children - slept in shelters run by New York City in fiscal year2010. That's an 8 percent increase over the previous year.

The coalition released its annual State of the Homeless reportMonday.

The group is calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to make greateruse of federal housing programs like Section 8 vouchers to movefamilies to permanent homes.

Homeless Services Commissioner Seth Diamond says the coalitionis being unrealistic if it expects the city will receive morefederal housing subsidies.

He said the city's priority is helping homeless people findjobs.

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