More illegal tent sites are popping up around Kitchener this summer, spurred by a shortage of housing and rise in drug use.

“It seems like a lot more people are choosing that option without having another option to go to,” said Joe Mancini, director of The Working Centre.

While Mancini said there have always been people living in tents this time of year — he remembers it happening as far back as the 1990s — what has changed recently is that more and bigger sites are appearing.