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A person in economic difficulty holds up a homemade sign asking for money Wednesday along a Manhattan street where dozens of panhandlers are seen daily. According to a recent study by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, New York City’s homeless population increased by 13 percent at the beginning of this year. Despite an improving local economy, as of last January an estimated 64,060 homeless people were in shelters and on the street in New York. Only Los Angeles had a larger percentage increase than New York for large cities.