An annual census of the Washington homeless population estimates that there are 30 percent more homeless families in the nation's capital than there were a year ago.

Citing a report released Wednesday by the nonprofit Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Homeless, The Washington Post (http://wapo.st/1qeCv78 ) reports that officials on Jan. 28 counted 4,667 homeless children and their parents in the District. That number is about 1,000 more than the number of homeless single adults counted in Washington.

City officials and advocates for the poor believe rising costs in the area, combined with a policy of guaranteeing homeless residents a right to shelter, has produced record numbers at city shelters.

The report found the overall homeless population rose about 5 percent in the past year in the region's nine jurisdictions.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com