Fewer shelter beds and a growing homeless population in Halifax show a need to change our approach to affordable housing, advocates say.

Social distancing rules due to COVID-19 have reduced the number of beds available at most facilities in the city. Shelter Nova Scotia’s men’s shelter, Metro Turning Point, has 30 beds compared to 50 last year. Its women’s shelter, Barry House, is down to 17 from 20.

As of Nov. 10, the Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia says 477 people were experiencing homelessness throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.