Life is getting more difficult for a lot of people in Barrie.

Mayor Jeff Lehman recognized that recently when he targeted comments in the first speech of his 2018-2022 term toward the city’s need to address housing affordability and homelessness.

“I believe this council should commit to the goal of completing our affordable housing strategy goal by 2022, two years ahead of our plan,” he said. “There’s no reason why, in a prosperous Canadian town, we can’t ensure no one has to sleep out in the cold. By 2022, our goal should be that nobody in Barrie is actually forced to be out living on the street.”