Finding a way to bring more attainable, affordable housing to the community to try to solve the homelessness problem is top of mind for Midland council heading into 2020.

Mayor Stewart Strathearn said he believes homelessness is one of the problems underlying a lot of the issues the town is currently facing, including crime.

“There is a hopelessness that starts to settle in around people who lack shelter,” said Strathearn. “If I don’t have a roof over my head, I am in survival mode.”