There is a “serious housing crisis” in Northumberland as winter descends, say those who have issued an official “call to action” directed at community politicians, service clubs, agencies, the faith community and individuals.

Rental vacancies are so low in Northumberland County that it makes it “harder to find a place to live than in Toronto,” according to the Northumberland Affordable Housing Committee.

As a result, (low-income people) receiving Ontario Works or Disability Support Program financial support “cannot afford to pay average market rents,” states a media release from the committee.

The working poor face the same housing shortage in Northumberland.