January 29, 2019
Shelters in the region are over capacity. The region used 30 hotel or motel rooms Monday night to accommodate the increase.
As Waterloo region remains under an extreme cold warning, the area’s shelters are being overwhelmed by people needing a warm place to sleep.
On Monday night, the region accommodated 270 people who needed a place to stay. Normally, it only has 195 fixed beds.
When shelters reach what the region calls “overflow,” an additional 45 beds are created. If that’s not enough, the region then puts people in four to five different motels.