The Riverside Shelter in Abbotsford has helped move 146 people into more permanent housing since it opened in 2015, but only four per cent of those men and women found themselves living in market rental homes and apartments.

That number may rise in the coming months, thanks to new funds from the provincial government.

“So you have a 0.2 vacancy rate in Abbotsford … it’s just incredible,” Lookout’s executive director, Shayne Williams, said. “How do people get housed? This is just one more tool to help people take that step forward.”