A total of 872 people stayed in emergency shelters in 2016, says a report headed to the community services committee next week.

That compares to 866 people in 2008, the first year the annual Report Card on Homelessness was released.

“This number increased to over 1,000 per year between 2009 and 2012,” the report says. “There were 1,121 people on the waiting list for rent geared to income housing in 2008, compared to 1,082 on the waiting list in 2016.”

“In 2008 the average market rent for a one bedroom apartment was $651, compared to $776 in 2016.”