Ever since Cody Townend was kicked out of his family home in Almonte, Ont., he’s slept on more couches than he can count and at one point was living in a bachelor apartment with four other young people in Carleton Place.

Townend, 21, and his girlfriend Amy Flegg, 19, have had a place to live since March 2016, but Townend said he knows many others in his rural community are desperate to find a safe place to live.

“Probably the most popular version of homelessness in Lanark County is what’s called couch surfing,” Townend said. “If you don’t know where you’re going the next day, the next week or the next month, you’re homeless.”