More than 5,000 people have been homeless in Houston since the beginning of the year, up from about 1,300 the previous month.
That’s nearly the number of people who have been without shelter in any single city in the United States.
The figures are the latest to show a surge in homelessness that is not confined to Houston.
The number of homeless people has increased every month since the start of the recession in December 2007.
It was the largest monthly increase in nearly five years, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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Funding for homeless programs has been declining as the cost of living has risen in Houston.
That has forced some agencies to cut services, especially in the downtown area, and the city has cut services to many of the shelters.
The city has been forced to make some cuts in programs and services for people who are considered high-risk.
Homeless people often spend time in jail because the city is unable to charge them for court-ordered services.
In the last year, the city cut about a third of its homeless services, including shelters, shelter and transitional housing.
The mayor and the council on Monday called for more services to help people find jobs and other assistance.
The city has also been hit by the economic downturn.
The cost of housing has gone up in recent years, and rents have gone up.
That also has led to people being without jobs and the lack of social services.
Some homeless people are living in caravans, and some have been staying in the parks or on the street.
A homeless man in the city’s downtown area said he is struggling to pay rent.
“I have nothing to live on,” he said.
The Houston Chronicle has been working with the homeless for more than three years.
In October, the organization reached a settlement with the city for $3.5 million, but the city continues to argue that the homeless can’t be charged.
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Fundings for homeless services have been declining since the city began the recession, and it has caused some agencies such as the Homeless Assistance Program to cut programs and staff.
The council on Tuesday called for a $50 million fund to help homeless people get the money they need to stay in their homes.
The funding could be made available through a variety of mechanisms, including tax credits, a city levy or vouchers.
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