There are more people sleeping on the street now then there have been in years.

That’s according to Eric Jonsson, a social worker and program coordinator for the Navigator Street Outreach Program, which provides support to motivated street-involved and homeless people.

“It’s the largest number of people sleeping outside in Halifax in the last few years that I’ve been working here,” says Jonsson.

He says some of the people who used to live in hotels are now on the street after a program that provided the temporary housing ran out of funding late last month.