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June 03, 2010 09:00AM

In the wake of the Department of Homeless Servicesproposal to drop a rent payment requirement for lodging in city shelters, a new study shows homelessness may be an increasing concern in the city. Bronx residents say they’re most at risk for becoming homeless, compared to the other four boroughs, according to a recent study conducted by non-profit advocacy group Institute for Children and Poverty. The survey showed that one in three respondents living in the Bronx say they fear becoming homeless in the near future and that 40 percent are struggling to keep up with basic expenses, according to the New York Daily News. Recent data from the DHS suggests that fears of homelessness in the borough may be warranted — the rate of homeless Bronx residents using city shelters has climbed 10 percent over the last year, during which time the DHS added 379 new shelter units to the borough. [NYDN]