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New York expands use of hotels amid surge in homeless population

About 12% of the city's homeless people is housed in hotel rooms, compared with just 4% in January, a practice that critics say poorly serves the needs of families

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The city is seeking authorisation to use more hotel rooms with the approach of winter, a time when more people typically seek shelter.

New York

FACING a continued surge in the homeless population, New York City officials are aggressively expanding the costly and highly criticised practice of using hotels to plug gaps in the city's strained shelter system.

The increase has been stark: About 12 per cent of the total

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