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More Families Seek Shelter as Recession Deepens
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
New York, NY —
The Coalition for the Homeless says the number of homeless families hit a record high last month, with 9,700 seeking shelter.
As of last week, the city reported more than 15,000 children were staying in shelters.
Susan Barnes, principal of P-S 112 in the Northeast Bronx, says she's seen a rising number of homeless children in her elementary school, with about three or four each year. She says the school tries to help them out with extra services.
BARNES: Definitely making sure the after school services are there provided for them, also that we make sure that they receive additional supports as far as homework help. A lot of donations are given for those parents.
REPORTER: Barnes says all three homeless families with children in her school this fall found shelter just before the holidays.
But with 98% of her students receiving free or reduced price lunch, she worries the recession may cause more families to lose their homes.