As temperatures in the Quinte region fall well below zero, many people in the area are left out in the cold.

“This is a hard community to be homeless in, because we don’t have a shelter,” says Brandi Hodge, director of community engagement for the United Way of Quinte.

While Belleville does not currently have a homeless shelter, Hodge says the Canadian Mental Health Association is able to provide some solutions through its transitional housing, meant to bridge the gap between homelessness and affordable housing. The association currently operates three of these houses in the region, one each for seniors, men and women.