As four winter shelters close for the season, their occupancy numbers show how badly they were needed.

Out in the Cold volunteer-run shelters in Halifax, Truro, Bridgewater and Kentville were shut down for the summer because of a lack of funding.

“There is nowhere for a homeless person to go in Truro now that Out in the Cold is closed,” said Mary Jane Jeffery in a statement.

The Halifax shelter was at capacity (15 people a night) 43 per cent of the time. It operated out of Saint Matthew’s United Church between November and April, and almost 30 per cent of the occupants were between 16 and 24 years old.

“While there were on-site services to help people find housing, it became apparent that enough safe, appropriate and affordable housing did not exist,” said Jamie Lee Bee, an outreach worker with Halifax Housing Help.