The homeless population in Moncton, N.B., is constantly growing according to Mike Randall, who is co-chair for the Greater Moncton Homelessness steering committee.
“Even in the last month we’ve seen some accounts of upwards of 60 or 70 brand new first-time homeless people being intercepted on our streets. So this is a significantly growing problem at a time of year when it really does get dangerous with plummeting temperatures and a lack of resources within our community,” he said in an interview on Wednesday.
In October, the province announced an additional $8 million would be invested over three years to increase space at emergency shelters in the province.
Trevor Goodwin, senior director of outreach at the YMCA of Greater Moncton, told city council at a meeting on Monday that there are currently upwards of 500 unhoused individuals in the city.