While Collingwood council has no political responsibility to address housing and homelessness, one councillor says they do have a moral one.

“I believe we have a moral responsibility to ensure that every person in this town has, at minimum, a warm bed and a hot meal on a very cold night,” said Coun. Deb Doherty.

Gail Michaelenko, from the Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness, told simcoe.com in August, that the municipality is in the midst of a housing crisis.

Vacancy rates are between 0.4 and 1.2 per cent and according to the Canadian Rental Housing Index, the average rental rate for Collingwood is $1,125 per month including utilities, which is $16 higher than the provincial average.