THE BRONX - A new report from Comptroller Scott Stringer's office reveals that a housing problem affects nearly 1.5 million New Yorkers.

The report breaks down the problem into two categories: crowded, when there's more than one person per room in a home, and severely crowded, which is when the average in a home works out to more than one and a half people.

Citywide, the crowded average went up nearly 16 percent, but the severely crowded category is up by nearly 45 percent.

The Bronx saw the largest increased proportion of severely crowded dwellings -  a massive jump of more than 74 percent. The increase of crowded homes was up 12.3 percent, which is the third worst of all of the boroughs.

The report says this puts children at a disadvantage for learning, and also can be a precursor for homelessness.

The comptroller's office says the city needs to create more affordable housing, otherwise the problem could get worse