About 1,682 Niagara households were forced to rely on emergency shelters last year.

It’s the largest number of people using emergency hostels in the past three years, with 1,615 households staying in shelters in 2015 and 1,676 in 2014, according to memorandums discussed Tuesday by members of Niagara’s public health committee.

For committee members, the reports were an indication that more services need to be provided throughout the region – although no solutions were offered.

Regional Chair Alan Caslin said Niagara’s homelessness problem is something that “needs to be on our radar,” and it’s a situation he hopes can be addressed.