The number of families living in the city’s shelter system is now at record levels, with 12,302 parents and kids calling a city shelter home.
The city quietly reached the sad milestone Wednesday, according to stats from the Department of Homeless Services.
The previous high was in December 2014, when an average of 12,281 families a night slept in shelters.
Former City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is now president of the non-profit homeless advocacy group Women in Need, said the “troubling” surge showed the need for more shelters.
“The problem is growing and therefore the capacity of the system as it exists today is not sufficient,” she said.
(Women in Need runs shelters throughout the city.) The mayor is doing a bang up job on this issue, as usual.