The number of homeless individuals being sheltered in Lambton County has more than doubled during the pandemic.

“We’ve been as high as 200, unfortunately,” said Valerie Colasanti, general manager of the county’s social services division. “We’re presently at about 155.”

The most the division saw in shelter in the Sarnia-area, before the pandemic, was approximately 60 individuals, she said.

“It certainly is an issue, and COVID really brought it to light,” Colasanti said.