The number of people staying in New York's municipal homeless shelters reached a record of more than 43,000 a night in April, including 17,000 children, an advocacy group said Friday.

"These new record numbers of homeless New Yorkers are a direct result of Mayor (Michael) Bloomberg's complete lack of housing options for families trapped in emergency shelter," Mary Brosnahan, executive director of the Coalition for the Homeless, said.

The ranks of the homeless in New York have risen 39 percent since Bloomberg became mayor a decade ago, according to the State of the Homeless 2012 report.

The number of homeless children in the Big Apple is at its highest level on record.

The Coalition for the Homeless suggested adoption of a plan supported by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn that calls for shifting shelter residents into public housing and the use of federally funded vouchers.

Quinn, a Democrat who hopes to succeed Bloomberg as mayor next year, said the "record homeless rates in New York City cannot continue to go unchecked." EFE