Homeless numbers continue to rise

By James Peters
December 1, 2015 - 9:50am Updated: December 1, 2015 - 1:41pm

KAMLOOPS — There is more evidence today of Kamloops' growing homeless population.

The Emerald Centre shelter activated its emergency weather response for 13 days last month - and CMHA Executive Director Christa Mullaly says last night was the busiest night of the year so far.

"We've had anywhere between three additional folks in an evening up to 23 extra people last night," says Mullaly. "Last night was really our highest number: we had 19 extra men in our shelter, and four extra women."

Mullally says the numbers also tell a story about the cold weather last month.

The emergency shelter was only activated for nine days in November of 2014 - but that was the busiest month of the season.

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