London’s emergency shelters ran at full capacity between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, with rates fluctuating daily, city hall figures show.

Just weeks after the city’s family shelter cancelled its overflow program that put up families in motels, pointing to “unsustainable demand,” London’s three main shelters hit an average of 100 per cent occupancy over the holiday period.

Jan Richardson, city hall’s manager of homeless prevention, said the city’s shelters – the Salvation Army’s Centre of Hope, the Men’s Mission and the Unity Project have 320 emergency beds between them – were full, but noted that overflow and crash beds were still available.