This is going to be an especially tough season for the homeless. The number of homeless families jumped in recent months. For the week of Nov. 9 to Nov. 15, there were 429 families on the waiting list for services. Ten families who had applied for shelter returned to seek services again. Of the nearly 30 families who asked that week for services, the majority were turned away and sought shelter with relatives.

And this week, shelters for women reached capacity.

On Nov. 24, according to census figures, all but one bed had been used in shelters for homeless women. On Nov. 23, men were over capacity by 23. Women shelters were completely filled up. On Nov. 17, the men were 17 over capacity at one shelter. For the entire city, the women shelters were one over capacity.