A second point-in time count has found there are nearly 200 more people living homeless in Thunder Bay than two years ago.

The city’s second count, which was conducted on April 21-22, found there were 474 people experiencing homeless, according to results released on Tuesday.

The count done in January 2016 found there were 289 people living homeless at that time.

Lakehead Social Planning Council social researcher Bonnie Krysowaty said the previous count could have helped organizers reach more individuals.

“We know that numbers aren’t decreasing. We have an epidemic of homelessness in Thunder Bay. It’s been here for a long time. We can’t ignore it,” Krysowaty said.