In early 2019, Bedford MacDonald House saw an average of 53 bed occupancies per month. In late spring, those numbers started to jump.

“Now we’ve seen the uptake numbers to be about 365 per month. So it’s dramatically increased, and as such it puts strain and stress on the house as well,” said residential manager Mike Redmond.

With all the beds typically filled, Redmond said the shelter has to turn a few dozen people away each month.

“It’s certainly not something we want to do, but you can only put so many men in one house, and it’s a situation that tells you the state of society today.”