For many wanting a good night’s sleep, camping out in the river valley is a better bet than hunkering down in a homeless shelter.

It’s the lesser of two evils for 486 individuals, according to a city report released Thursday ahead of next week’s May 8 Community and Public Services Committee meeting at City Hall.

The report is in response to an inquiry from Councillor Scott McKeen, who has heard a whole list of reasons emergency shelter beds go unused.

It documents that out of 1,923 people experiencing chronic homelessness, according to Homeward Trust, 486 individuals were identified as “sleeping rough,” 407 individuals were using emergency shelter services and 1,030 were provisionally accommodated either by staying with others, staying in interim or transitional housing or in institutional care.