Although homelessness may not be as visible in our area as it is in Toronto, it still very much exists. Now, that’s hardly a revelation — politicians and non-profit organizations have said as much for years — but the fact remains that options aren’t exactly plentiful for those seeking a shelter bed north of Steeles Avenue.

Public awareness of the issue typically peaks in the winter months, when the temperature dips below freezing, and tends to ebb as the weather gets warmer. However, while spring’s arrival may reduce the hazard posed by the elements, being without a home is still a huge challenge.