A coalition of local agencies has been turning to motels this winter to help keep Sarnia’s homeless population out of the cold.

“We worked out an overflow bed solution which avoided us having to set up a whole new facility,” and staffing it, said Myles Vanni, with the Inn of the Good Shepherd.

The move came as homeless shelters have been packed, and people were sleeping in bushes outside Sarnia’s hospital, and huddling in the emergency department for warmth.