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December 23, 2011
Laura Rios, 45, (R) listens her daughter Aslee as she speaks with a Reuters reporter at a homeless shelter...
New York, UNITED STATES
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Laura Rios, 45, (R) listens her daughter Aslee as she speaks with a Reuters reporter at a homeless shelter in New York, December 21, 2011. Laura Rios has spent the past year living in a small two bedroom homeless shelter in New York. Rios and her children are among 95 families living in the two storey brick building home some 300 children. In a report issued earlier this month, the National Center on Family Homelessness, based in Needham, Massachusetts, said 1.6 million children were living on the streets of the United States last year or in shelters, motels and doubled-up with other families. That marked a 38 percent jump in child homelessness since 2007 and Ellen Bassuk, the center's president, attributes the increase to fallout from the U.S. recession and a surge in the number of extremely poor households headed by women. Picture taken December 21, 2011. To match Feature USA-HOMELESS/ REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES)
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