A portion of the city-owned Beavermead Campground has been temporarily set aside for homeless people.

Five of the campground’s 18 non-serviced campsites – meant for tents, as opposed to recreational vehicles – are serving as campsites for the homeless.

The city reserved the campsites about 10 days ago. On Thursday, there were several tents set up and about five people camping there.

Peterborough has seen an acute shortage of apartments available for rent this spring and summer.

The vacancy rate for a one-bedroom apartment is around 1.3 per cent this summer – down from 5.8 per cent three years ago.