The homeless are beginning to turn to tents as the weather improves.

Senior Director of Outreach Services for YMCA Moncton Trevor Goodwin believes those numbers will continue to grow, as COVID-19 takes its toll.

He expects they’ll be seeing more people who turn to sleeping rough, “We’re going to see a boom in people becoming homeless for the first time. There are going to be people who are working poor and are now homeless and we don’t have affordable housing for them. We don’t have any options for them.”

He says they are already seeing higher numbers, “There are new faces at soup kitchens and food banks, people who have been laid off and are now being forced to sleeping rough.”