A woman sleeps in plain sight on the worn out sofa of a room originally intended to be a shared space; another makes a personal phone call on the communal phone in the hallway as people shuffle around her.

Nobody has felt the housing crisis quite as suddenly and severely as Niagara’s emergency shelters.

“People we see are the most marginalized, so they’re the most vulnerable to any kind of community shift,” said Elisabeth Zimmerman. “They’re the ones that are going to feel it the fastest and probably the hardest.”