The population of Halifax Regional Municipality is growing steadily and its homeless numbers seem to be on the rise, too.

“There has been an uptick in people sleeping rough in parks and green spaces and private property,” said Coun. Waye Mason (Halifax South-Downtown). “I’ve certainly had reports from residents in Gorsebrook Park, people have been sleeping on benches in Cornwallis Park this summer and a couple of other green spaces along Barrington Street.”

“The flipside is what if there is nowhere to go,” he said.