Huron County is forming a regional Homelessness Task Force to tackle the rural area’s growing crisis.

The committee, set to begin meeting next week, comes after Goderich Mayor John Grace sounded the alarm about a sharp spike in visible homelessness in the town.

About 11 people are currently sleeping rough, and as many as 21 are being provided shelter in a local hotel. Exeter has also seen a recent rise in visible homelessness.