Both of the city’s homeless shelters are at capacity and have been for the past year. And an ongoing shortage of affordable housing has created bleak prospects for people living on the street, said Myles Vanni, executive director at Inn of the Good Shepherd.

The 27-resident facility on Confederation Street is often forced to turn people away, Vanni said – a far cry from two years ago when 15 residents a night was the norm.

What’s more, emergency funding of $45,000 used to shelter 99 homeless individuals at local motels in January and February isn’t available this winter due to provincial cutbacks, Vanni added.