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NYC homeless shelters keep 50,000 people a night

NEW YORK — More than 50,000 homeless people a night — the most in decades— are in New York City’s homeless shelters, a spike that mirrors the largest increase in overall homelessness among the nation’s cities last year, according to a report released Tuesday.

Homelessness has been a troubling aspect of life in the nation’s biggest city for decades. But it has become an escalating crisis in recent years amid a chronic shortage of affordable housing and an unemployment rate higher than state and national levels.

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