A member of the NDP is calling on the Ford government to declare homelessness in the province a state of emergency.

Poverty and Homelessness critic Rima Berns-McGown recently demanded immediate action to properly fund shelters, along with transitional, supportive, and rent-geared-to-income housing for people in need.

She called it a crisis playing out in several communities, including Sioux Lookout and Kenora. Berns-McGown said people have nowhere to turn, resulting in preventable deaths.