There is almost nowhere to live on Prince Edward Island.

The Island has a 0.3 percent rental vacancy rate, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) annual survey—a quarter of the supply available in 2017, and a sliver compared to Canada’s overall rental vacancy rate of 2.4 percent.

Housing activists and politicians say the drought of available living spaces, along with some of the lowest wages in the country, are forcing a staggering number of people to pay far more than they can afford for often substandard housing, stay in dead or abusive relationships, or face life on the street.