Advocates who work with Montreal’s homeless say the deaths of 12 people since December is related to the closing of a downtown shelter.

“Everything that we said was going to happen when we moved has happened,” said Open Door intervention worker John Tessier.

The Open Door was located near Cabot Square, a park in downtown Montreal and a gathering spot for the city’s homeless.

It was the city’s only shelter willing to accept clients who were intoxicated, as well as the only one to welcome pets.