The wait list for social housing in Stratford and Perth County continues to rise.

From 2014 to 2016, the list has swelled from 175 to 227. But a growing number of wait list applicants are finding housing – 132 last year – and the period of time people are spending on the list has shrunk.

“We have actually seen a decrease in wait list demand and the amount of time spent on the wait list for access from seven months to five months,” said Carole Desmeules, the city’s director of social services.

As for demographics, the number of seniors and single adults or couples on the list has increased, but there are fewer families. Desmeules said all three trends were “not surprising.”