NEW YORK -- New York City plans to open at least five new homeless shelters by the end of the year.
The expansion is in response to a sharp increase in the homeless population.
Two shelters will be in the Bronx. Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn will get one each.
The new shelters will bring to 15 the total number of shelters in the city. The Bloomberg administration opened 10 new shelters between May and August.
According to recent city data, the homeless shelter population is 46,036. That includes 19,537 children. The numbers represent a 29 percent increase over spring 2011.