The Truro Homeless Outreach Society is sounding the alarm as it’s forced to turn away clients for the first time ever.

Katie Upham, THOS’s client navigator, says the likely causes are skyrocketing housing costs and a lack of support for mental health and addictions.

“It’s awful – we don’t want to turn anyone away,” said Upham, who also oversees volunteers. “Really, I feel the government needs to do something about providing more affordable housing or giving those on disability more income for rent.”

Clients who cannot be helped in Truro are referred to other shelters in Halifax or New Glasgow.