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Number of homeless families in hotels surging

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The number of homeless families the state has put in hotels surged to an all-time high despite efforts to reduce the number.

State housing officials say nearly 2,100 families per night on average were temporarily housed in hotel rooms in October.

The demand is so great that some homeless families from the Boston area are being placed in Western Mass hotels.

State Undersecretary for Housing Aaron Gornstein is blaming cuts in state and federal housing subsidies, soaring rents in the Boston area and high rates of unemployment and underemployment among the poor.

In the past five years, state spending on motels has gone from $1 million to more than $46 million.

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