Last week Oxford county council passed a motion that will boost funding to the shelter from around $90,000 to $150,000, allowing the shelter to operate on a year-round basis.

“I feel it is something that is really needed,” said Watson, co-ordinator of the shelter that has been renamed The INN of Woodstock. “We will continue to help people all year round.

“Homelessness is not a seasonal issue.”

With about 12 people per night, numbers have steadily gone up at the shelter and Watson attributes the rise to a lack of affordable housing in the region.