Feel like you’re seeing more people than ever who seem to be living on the streets of Niagara Falls?

Blame the summer, when homeless people don’t need to go indoors to escape the cold. And sometimes, people who look homeless aren’t.

But mostly, blame the shortage of affordable housing that’s putting stress on the support system and driving rents higher than many low-income earners can afford.

“It always boils down to housing,” said A.J. Heafey, a community outreach worker at the Niagara Falls Community Health Centre.