The numbers of homeless people sleeping in Victoria parks and the costs of picking up after them continue to climb.

City staff are seeking $362,000 in ongoing supplementary funding in next year’s budget to cover cleanup and other anticipated costs associated with homeless camping in city parks. That’s an increase of $62,000 over 2018.

As of October, the city is receiving an average of 304 calls for service per month, related to sheltering in parks compared to 267 in 2017 and 238 in 2016.