Halton is considering the potential purchase of properties that could serve as emergency shelters to help the homeless during the pandemic.

The regional municipality is continuing to use hotel rooms to house vulnerable residents in a socially-distanced manner, with 74 people currently being sheltered in this fashion, said a memo to council from Halton Commissioner of Social and Community Services Alex Sarchuk.

“The Region’s dependency on hotels is expected to continue for a prolonged period,” he said.