Regional councillors hope to see “tangible results” in the efforts to mitigate the increasing issue of homelessness much sooner than Niagara Region’s 2023 target.

Niagara homelessness services director Cathy Cousins teamed up with consultant John Whitesell at Tuesday’s public health committee meeting to present plans to enhance homelessness services by 2023 — working to overcome pressures such as increasing rental costs and the limited availability of affordable apartments.

“It concerns me that we’re talking about four years,” said St. Catharines Mayor Walter Sendzik.

“I can’t accept that as a person living in a community where we have a higher percentage of homelessness. I compliment you in designing this, but I’d like to see it done in six months, not four years.”