The weather is turning and many of Barrie’s homeless residents will soon be seeking shelter from the cold, if they haven’t already.

While many of the organizations that assist Barrie’s most vulnerable people are well-established, they’ve never had to adapt their services to the unique circumstances of a deadly pandemic over an entire winter season. So what challenges are they facing?

“We are absolutely seeing an increase in demand at our Barrie shelters as a result of COVID-19,” said Jennifer van Gennip, Simcoe County Alliance to End Homelessness Barrie chapter chair.