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New York City Seeks to Add More Housing for Abuse Victims

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is seeking to add more housing for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence in an effort to curb the city's ongoing problems with homelessness.

The New York Times reports almost $15 million in emergency funding has been allocated for the endeavor.

The city is seeking bids from shelters and housing providers to help fill the space needed to reach de Blasio's goals.

City officials say they want to provide emergency housing for up to 13,300 adults and children. The city currently serves 8,880 people through programs providing shelter beds and transitional apartments for victims of domestic abuse.

Plans call for the addition of 300 emergency beds and 400 units of transitional family shelter, which could serve up to 4,500 more victims annually.